If I'm logged in as root, how do I restart mysql or apache with options?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I know the commands to restart/stop/start but when I try to pass options it doesnt seem to work! service mysql restart service httpd restart then I tried this /etc/init.d/mysql --log /my/log/path.log doesnt work either =/ Update: Apparently I cant run mysqld as root because of security issues (HowTos)