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ps shows my httpd processes as

apache   29561 15186  0 15:30 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd

I'm running Centos 5.3

All the log files in /var/log/httpd are owned by root.

How come?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

The httpd children run as apache, but the process that spawns them runs as root (as is necessary to bind a privileged port eg. port 80). Look closely and you'll see an httpd running as root.

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