Thanks, Glenn. I just double checked again, and the answer is yes. I am running jabberd as myself. The spool directory is in the same directory as where I invoke jabber (as ./jabberd/jabberd). It is rwxrwxr-x for me and my group. The host subdirectory is rwxr-xr-x for me. All of the xml files in that host subdirectory are rwx------ for me. Cheers-- Al.