The problem you are running into is that the directory does not have write access - unless you 'own' the dir you are trying to upload to. To break it down: d = directory drwx = the 'owner' of the directory can read (r), write (w), and execute (x) files located here. r-s = 'group' (roughly translating to others in the same user group) can read or execute scripts (s - iirc) r-x = 'world' (anyone and their brother) can read files and execute When you are telnetting to the dir, you are basically reading the contents...have you tried creating a file while in a telnet session? Judith walker put into words: >For some reason my upload utility won't work, and I think it is a >permissioning issue, as the file path which is fed to the cffile tag works >fine when I telnet to the machine.... > >the permissions of the directory I am trying to place files is > >drwxr-sr-x > >does this look right? I have no idea what account the CFServer is running >under, nor do I know what the 's' stands for- (I thought Unix persmissions >were only r,w,x) Judith Taylor ICQ: 67460562 Freelance ColdFusion Developer Freinds don't let friends code before coffee.