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
You are using openSUSE as your OS
You are importing some PHP files as an ordinary user (which you should do)
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.