Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 21 months ago

#12966 new enhancement

OSX: tor dmg encourages installation in /Applications

Reported by: trams Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: osx
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Description

The TBB for OSX encourages installation in /Application (by having a symlink in the DMG to the system application folder.)

Instead the symlink should point to ~/Applications

This will allow the app to be installed without admin privs, and also allow the user to write to the profile inside of the TBB directory, even if they are not admins.

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Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by arma

Component: - Select a componentTor Browser
Owner: set to tbb-team

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by gk

Is there something special about ~/Applications? We had ~/Desktop first but it turned out that normal Mac users were confused...

comment:3 in reply to:  2 ; Changed 5 years ago by mcs

Replying to gk:

Is there something special about ~/Applications? We had ~/Desktop first but it turned out that normal Mac users were confused...

I don't think there is anything special about ~/Applications. The problem with putting the Tor Browser app there is that it won't be visible when someone accesses the /Applications folder from the Mac OS dock. So it might be hard for people to find TB after they install it.

If someone cannot install in /Applications, won't Mac OS tell them that? Then they can choose to install elsewhere. But maybe that is too confusing.

Although Tor Browser is a weird beast (because it writes to its app bundle), I suspect that /Applications works fine for most people. But then again I thought ~/Desktop was a great choice.

comment:4 in reply to:  3 Changed 5 years ago by trams

I don't think there is anything special about ~/Applications. The problem with putting the Tor Browser app there is that it won't be visible when someone accesses the /Applications folder from the Mac OS dock. So it might be hard for people to find TB after they install it.

If someone cannot install in /Applications, won't Mac OS tell them that? Then they can choose to install elsewhere. But maybe that is too confusing.

Although Tor Browser is a weird beast (because it writes to its app bundle), I suspect that /Applications works fine for most people. But then again I thought ~/Desktop was a great choice.

The extra attributes of ~/Applications besides not having to be admin:

Placing the application in ~/Applications makes it appear in Launchpad.
The folder carries the same icon as the /Application folder in finder.

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by mcs

Also see #4894 (now closed as a duplicate).

comment:6 Changed 21 months ago by teor

Severity: Normal

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