From: "Rod Taylor" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

>> While I haven't thought about it very hard, it seems to me that a role
>> might be equivalent or nearly so to a group.  If so, we might be able
>> to support roles with little more than some syntactic-sugar work ...

>A few other changes, like allowing ownership of an object to be a group
>(role) rather than strictly a user.

Also, at least in Oracle, one can grant ROLEs to other ROLEs. I don't know if that is 
what the SQL standard says though:

GRANT role1 TO role2;

Mike Mascari

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