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I know from history it used to be used to do incremental backups (windows sets the archive bit when you modify a file). I've not seen it used for a long time... anyone else? I'm using it at the moment as temporary storage of the executable bit. At the moment I'm not sure whether it's worth trying to write extra code to set it on the client, or just leave it... don't want to fubar anyone's backup procedures though. Tony -- Tony Hoyle <tmh at nodomain.org> Key ID: 104D/4F4B6917 2003-09-13 Fingerprint: 063C AFB4 3026 F724 0AA2 02B8 E547 470E 4F4B 6917