I created a custom log directory with the root account, and chmoded it to 777 teporarily.
ls -la /var/mylogs/log/ total 16 drwxrwxrwx 2 root root 4096 Jun 24 06:27 . drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Jun 24 06:25 ..
When I try to start the service from a user (lets say "myuser", which is in the sudoers files as myuser ALL=(ALL) ALL), it fails because of the permissions :
sudo /etc/init.d/httpd start Starting httpd: (13)Permission denied: httpd: could not open error log file /var/mylogs/log/httpd_error.log. Unable to open logs
However, the following is successfull :
sudo bash /etc/init.d/http start
So I guess these two methods are not equivalent, although to me doing sudo was the same than logging into the root account and issuing the commands.
Any clue ?
Thank you !