OK. I'm almost done with the installation. FYI I had a lot of trouble getting adobd493a.tgz downloaded. I had to go to a Windows box, download it and burn it to a cd to get it over to my Debian box. I'm on page 9 "Setting up the MySQL Database for Snort." Because I'm a novice at MySQL, "whichever way you create the database. . . " doesn't helpme. I got out the "Teach yourself mysql" book but the installation doesn't appear to be the same. SO. . . any help would be appreciated. I'm heading out on vacation tomorrow and would really like this done today!!! Liz M Happy New Year. I'm really grateful for all you assistance. This has to be the very best site I've found.