Yup, it seems very odd to me and I've found no way around it, but when I try to use *any* means of changing the permissions on certain things, root is denied the ability to do so. I want to make a slave drive, that I've properly mounted, open for writing to it under my regular username instead of having to log out completely and log back in as root. So far I cannot find a way for root to be able to change this. Any idea why this is and what I can do about it? If more info is needed, please be simple and clear about exactly what you want me to get from where and I will gladly supply it. sincere thanks for all the help I've gotten in here already! -- Dennis C.