Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#15882 new defect

Tor Browser shows up as Firefox in Ubuntu dash/launcher

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-branding
Cc: mcs, felix@… Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
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On Debian (with Gnome), Tor Browser always showed up using the green, obvious Tor Browser icon (provided as tor-browser_en-US/Browser/browser/icons/mozicon128.png).

For some reason, on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit with Unity (v 7.2.4) if I start Tor Browser using the new "start-tor-browser.desktop" file, whether run from the terminal or by double-clicking, it simply attaches to the Firefox icon and treats it like a second instance of Firefox. It does not get its own icon using the provided "mozicon128.png".

Even when I drag the .desktop file into the launcher and click it, it still attaches the process to the Firefox icon.

This might lead to confusion for users who run Firefox in a normal session and Tor Browser concurrently and they might inadvertently enter information intended for TBB into their normal Firefox or vice versa.

As far as I can tell, it's a purely visual issue, but from a design perspective, I would think it'd be advantageous to keep the two identities as separate as possible, including in the launcher / dash.

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Change History (8)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by cypherpunks

I should add, this is for version 4.5 of the Tor Browser.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by gk

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

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by mcs

Cc: mcs added

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by doirya

Cc: felix@… added

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by cypherpunks

I noticed that the --detach argument is added to the Exec entry in the .desktop file. This would make sense when it's invoked from the shell but I'm not sure if it's needed when placed in the ~/.local/share/applications directory.

Removing the argument seems to have solved this issue on Ubuntu 15.04 / TBB 4.5.3.

I have not tested it in vanilla Gnome.

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by cypherpunks

Severity: Blocker

Duplicate of #7187

comment:7 in reply to:  6 Changed 3 years ago by gk

Keywords: tbb-branding added
Severity: BlockerNormal

Replying to cypherpunks:

Duplicate of #7187

Let the Vidalia bundle related bug report rest in piece and use that one from now on for the (new) problem.

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by gk

Moving a comment from #7187 here for posterity:

I had this problem as well with Unity some months back, but I couldn't reproduce it when switching to Gnome Shell. Can you do the same and confirm that it's Unity related?
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