rights; cant save to root of apache web server (or most anywhere else)

Trying to save some PHP files I sent myself ; able to download from mail and bring them up in an editor, but cant save them (just text files); thought I was root; delusions of greatness !

You leave quite a few things to guess for us. So let’s assume that

  1. You are using openSUSE as your OS

  2. You are importing some PHP files as an ordinary user (which you should do)

  3. You are working from the command line

then save them somewhere in your user directory under /home/username/whatsoever/ and, as a second step, copy these files to the desired location as user root:

su -c 'cp file.php /srv/www/htdocs/'

I hope this is what you want to do. Otherwise explain your situation in some more detail.