On May 6, 2005, at 7:32 AM, Brian Stevens wrote: > > Once my copy of Tiger arrives I should be able to figure this out > without bothering the list. Just an update for anyone that is interested. First, the Tiger install went well except for some glitches with my printer (HP Laserjet 1200). I would highly recommend downloading the shareware Printer Setup Repair utility just before upgrading to Tiger. The product and documentation (just reading the docs is very informative) are thorough and helpful. Better to have it and not be looking for a tool when your printer is down. Of course, I've been eager to troubleshoot this hidefile issue. After testing using Ken's input and RP's (thank you both) new hidefile code it turns out the problem is very simple and solvable. In this primitive code I'm using a file that is both hidden and locked (sorry, I know I didn't mention this----moronic on my part) . It seems prior releases of X didn't care if the file is locked first and then hidden. Basically, the locked file (BIG DUH-----wanted to hit myself several times for this one) IS the problem causing the hide to fail. All that is needed is to hide the file first and then lock it and all is well. Speaking of hiding, I'm going to run and do that before anyone tries to lynch me for not mentioning the locking Thanks again to all who helped. Brian S.