I'm activating the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature and after that I can change the master page (Settings -> Look and feel -> Master page) of this site.

  • On Site Master Page I'm selecting seattle
  • On System Master Page I'm selecting oslo

Its supposed to be different but both Site Master Page and System Master Page just apply the oslo master page. I don't know why. It happens even with my custom master page.

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  • are you facing this issue on Subsite? if yes, you may probably have to mark check , update inherited subsites. Feb 2, 2016 at 18:12

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They will not be different because the site was based on a team site template. Activating publishing will not change the template on which the site was originally built. Team Sites use system master page both for system pages such as "Site Settings" and for the main page. (See http://sp2013.blogspot.com/2013/07/sharepoint-branding-team-sites-inherit.html)

Hope this helps

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