I've always got it to work by having jboss and the application entirely installed under a regular user/group NOT as root.
Thanks for your reply. So you have the entire jboss installation top down chown'd by usr/grp and no part of it, is owned by root?
I changed my entire installation ownership from root to our usr/grp. Now all that remains is to change jboss' port from 80 to 8080 but I am not sure where to do this? I don't see a config file. Any ideas?