Photoshop CS6: Layer Styles do not record vector options, such as Fill or Stroke

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This is a huge drawback in the new Photoshop vector layers. It is not possible to save the fill and stroke as a layer style. Fix this, please.
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That's because the vector fill and stroke are not part of layer styles in any way.
So, what you're describing is not a bug, and not something to be fixed.

You can record actions that set the vector fill and stroke, and you can copy/paste the fill and stroke.
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That does not make any sense. They are part of the visual appearance of a vector, just like in Fireworks or Illustrator. It is not possible to save a red square with a black stroke and a drop shadow? Why introduce vector features then if they are not integrated in an intuitive way, just like in all other Adobe programs?
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Yes, the the vector fill and stroke are part of the appearance of a vector shape.
They are not part of Layer Styles in any way.

It is possible to save the settings for a vector shape - just not in Styles, because the content of the vector shapes has nothing to do with Styles.

You seem to have missed some concepts here.
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I think that you are defending a point here that is completely faulty. You use layer styles to save the complete appearance of a layer. Say a vector button look (red, textured, stroked and with an inner shadow). That look consists of all its layer style attributes AND its vector properties. It would even be conceivable to give the user the ability to save smart effects. Just have a look at how styles work in your other programs, such as Fireworks and Illustrator, with FIreworks being the best example. The styles palette is used to save, reuse and share looks of elements in one place and from one place. If you cannot save basic properties such as fill and stroke, they are pretty much pointless when trying to build up a style library. Calling the necessity to save A: a layer style, B: a fill gradient and C: a stroke gradient or D: a tool preset but NEVER be able to do this in one place is not a feature. I think my point is hardly a misconception but logical thinking.
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No, I'm trying to explain why you're asking for something that makes little to no sense.

Layer Styles are something specific, all part of the Layer Styles dialog.

Vector fills (and strokes are a kind of fill) are something else entirely unrelated to Layer Styles.

What you're asking for is like asking that the exterior color of your house match your socks every day. While it is theoretically possible, it doesn't make sense, and would be a lot of hassle to try and match things that shouldn't be related in the first place.