(Yeah, yeah, the meta answer is to move to a different distribution, but for various reasons I need to stay current with RH. I do plan to set up gentoo on a different box.)
Here's the problem: The RH installer will gladly let you set up a server configuration that includes Apache, but doesn't leave the box set up to start Apache (httpd) on startup. If you're new to Red Hat, how do you figure out what to do? There's no info in the docs they ship, as far as I can tell (though I might be missing something). A web search turns up conflicting advise, much of it for earlier RH versions. I happen to know how to hack rc files, but what if I didn't? Using only the information provided in the box, would I be lucky enough to stumble across the magic chkconfig --add http incantation? I don't see how, but maybe I missed something.
Now to update Perl... RPM ho!