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Replacing files in the "Files" area

Legacy stores have a "Files" button in the Yahoo! Store editor. This can be used to upload files to the store, things like pdf files, images, videos, whatever. It used to be that there was a separate "Files" library for the editor and for the published site - just like there is an editor version of your store and a published version. Well, apparently, there were some internal changes recently, and either this is not the case, or there is something with how Yahoo! Store resolves references to the file library.

The issue: if you have a file (say, image.gif) in the file library, and your store has been published, back in the editor if you upload a new version of this existing file with the same name and try to reference it (as /lib/yourstoreid/image.gif, for example), you will see the old, published version, no matter how hard you try. The only solution at this point is to upload the new file and republish the site. After that, you'll see the new version.

Obviously, this makes it pretty hard to test things, especially because we often store JavaScript files or other images in the file library, so now the only way to tweak these files is to either use a different name each time (very tedious!) or to publish your site each time you make a change. Well, I have clients whose store takes over 8 hours to publish, so this latter solution may not be too great in their case. But, it seems we are stuck with this until the next maintenance release.

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