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> What version of Windows is this? Windows 2000/XP definitely do allow > files beginning with a . The problem is that "allow" only applies to "it's fine if it's there". It's however not possible to manually create such a file or rename an existing file likewise within Windows Explorer. You could try it yourself. All you'll get is a "You must type a filename" error message. That's why you have to do this from the commandline. Oliver ----------------------- JID: ogiesen at jabber.org ICQ: 18777742 (http://wwp.icq.com/18777742)