bblake wrote:I notice that when you view a directory without any index file, that "fancyindexing" is not working by default, as was the case with XAMPP 1.7.4.
Thats not correct. In XAMPP 1.7.4 the fancyindexing isn't working too, for the same reason as in XAMPP 1.7.7.
bblake wrote:The apache configuration files seemed to specify fancy indexing
It is setted but it doesn't take effect because of a condition.
bblake wrote:My understanding was that fancyindexing was controlled by configuration file httpd-autoindex.conf in the conf/extra directory, and that is included and seems unchanged
In comparison with XAMPP 1.7.4 thats correct, but if you compare the file with XAMPP 1.7.1 it is different (in XAMPP 1.7.3 fancyindexing works too but because of a 3rd party module)
bblake wrote:I'd be interested to understand what's happening.
In your file \xampp\apache\conf\extra\httpd-autoindex.conf
in line 11
you can find the line
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That's a condition for the 3rd party module which was used in XAMPP 1.7.3 but isn't used any more in XAMPP 1.7.4 up to XAMPP 1.7.7.
The condition returns false so the text within the block doesn't take effect.
You have two possibilities to get it working:
1) change the condition in your \xampp\apache\conf\extra\httpd-autoindex.conf
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2) Find, download and include the 3rd party module mod_autoindex_color in your XAMPP 1.7.7 installation and load this module insteal of the mod_autoindex module in your httpd.conf. (Be careful, that the module can run with your Apache version!)
bblake wrote:By the way, the base XAMPP 1.7.7 installation takes 510MB of disk space up from 314MB on XAMPP 1.7.4 - that's a huge increase! I couldn't find any comments about what caused this increase.
Again that information is not correct.
here my comparisons:
XAMPP 1.7.1 (220MB ~ 233MB on disk)
XAMPP 1.7.3 (273MB ~ 294MB on disk)
XAMPP 1.7.4 (459MB ~ 496MB on disk)
XAMPP 1.7.7 (477MB ~ 499MB on disk)
You see, the big difference is from XAMPP 1.7.3 to XAMPP 1.7.4.
I think you haven't upgraded from XAMPP 1.7.4 but from XAMPP 1.7.3, because all of your information fit on that version. This false information can make bugtracking for us really difficult. Next time please double check version information you post in your thread. This can make life for all of us much easier.