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Bootstrap theme CSS editing not working [RESOLVED]

First post, sorry if I posted this to the wrong section. I am not sure how categories go on this forum so I just decided to post here (wherever "here" might be).

I am using Bootstrap-theme for Vanilla and XAMPP to test my setup. Latest Vanilla forum build.

Every other theme I edit CSS file the effects are immediate to the localhost/vanilla/ , but with Bootstrap no matter what edits I do it doesn't show on the page itself. I believe I am editing the correct file, Chrome developer console atleast claims so. I have tried updating ThemeInfo version number and deleting all cachefiles, but it has no effect.

Editing certain theme options (lets say Superhero) CSS does nothing when I update the page and stopping and starting apache in XAMPP does nothing either. However if I delete that superhero's CSS the site stops working so it can't be a wrong file, can it?


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    whu606whu606 I'm not a SuperHero; I just like wearing tights... MVP


    Welcome to the community.

    Couple of quick things you can check:

    This would happen if you had copied a .tpl file as a backup, and kept it in the themes folder.

    Try the CSSEdit plugin, and see if the changes are accepted.


    If they aren't, then there is almost certainly a cache issue somewhere.

    Try loading your page via the private/incognito option of your browser.

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    edited November 2018

    Heyas thanks for getting back at me. CSSEdit plugin did change theme, hmmmmm. Private/Incognito didn't help.
    The original CSS-theme was minified and I did deminify it to be able to work upon it, but I don't think it should affect the theme. It also seems that LESS-file imports that theme's specific CSS-file somehow... could it be related to that? I don't personally know LESS.

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    There is no .tpl -file in root either...

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    Here's also the path to css-files I am trying to edit.

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    R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    The path is correct. Are you sure that your css selector was correct? Maybe do something dramatical and replace the complete content of a file with something like div {border: 5px solid green} to ensure that the problem is the file and not the css rule.

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    Well yeah. I placed that css into custom_superhero. Reload the page. Nothing changes.

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    R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    Congratulations! You now know that you have a browser caching issue! Your server doesn't provide that file any more and your browser still shows information that isn't stored on the server => browser caching issue.

    Try clearing cache (again), using private mode (again) and maybe another browser.

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    Uh to my shame the solution was as simple as clearing the Chrome browsers' cache. So a simple CTRL + F5 sufficed. DOH. Sorry for taking your time with such a noobish thing =). Though I hope someone wrestling with a same issue sometimes finds this post.

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