I work with a vectorial layer (shp) created from a a CSV file which periodically changes its content.

The issue I'm raising is the following: every time I perform changes in the CSV file, I have to recreate the shp layer from the CSV, with the subsequent need to do the categorization again and change the symbols and their size.

Needless to say, I have the 'watch' option ticked when I load the CSV file. Therefore, I can see the changes in the CSV layer when I press the refresh button. But the changes do not affect the shp layer. As you could imagine, this is a real waste of time and a real nuisance and I would like to automatise the process.

I have checked this question out and the answers suggest switching off the cache, but I honestly don't know where that option is.

  • If you edit the csv and move or refresh the canvas, can you still not see the changes?
    – Joseph
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:20
  • Not a real answer to your question, but two remarks on its contents: 1) you can save a csv to a shp-File (same name as before) and just append data to the shp-File 2) you can easily copy and paste legends (right click on layer)
    – Rudi Uhl
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:44
  • @Joseph If I edit the csv and refresh I can see the changes into the csv layer, but not into the shp layer created from that csv.
    – Jvr
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:52
  • @RudiUhl I save the csv to a shp file indeed (right button, save as ESRI shape file), but I don't know how to append the data like you say. With regard to the legends, I think it is not really useful if I have to copy and paste them every time I make a change into the csv file (roughly each 30 minutes).
    – Jvr
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:55
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    why convert the CSV to shapefile? Just style up the CSV and then it will update automaticaly.
    – Ian Turton
    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:42

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I'm not sure this is the answer to your question, but anyhow. I often regularly change a shapefile externally, in my case when working on a C++ program and effectively using QGIS as the visual part of the debugger :) I removed and reloaded the layer often, now I simply start an editing session and close it. Done, i.e. I get the refreshed shape. This is going to save me so much time...

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