[CentOS] EL6, xinetd, and permissions. What am I missing?

Tue Jul 19 09:29:28 UTC 2011
John Doe <jdmls at yahoo.com>

From: Benjamin Smith <lists at benjamindsmith.com>
>Staging for a rollout of EL 6, and ran into a very strange permissions issue with xinetd that defies all (my) logic. 
>It's a script called "spfiled" that we use for messaging between our server cluster servers. I'm trying to get it to run with "least permissions necessary". Because it reads/writes files in conjunction with a web-based service, it runs as user "apache". 
>Jul 18 16:32:25 bender xinetd[17830]: Server /path/to/filed.php is not executable [file=/etc/xinetd.d/spfiled461] [line=11]
>Jul 18 16:32:25 bender xinetd[17830]: Error parsing attribute server - DISABLING SERVICE [file=/etc/xinetd.d/spfiled461] [line=11]

The man page says of group: ."This attribute is ineffective if the effective user ID of xinetd is not super-user and if the groups attribute is not set to ’yes’"
Xinetd running as root?
Tried with groups = yes?