Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#19482 needs_information defect

Failure of start of tor during start of tor-browser causes creation of Browser.bak in directory without any explanation

Reported by: krichter Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: brade, mcs Actual Points:
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If tor fails to start during start of tor-browser a directory Browser.bak is created next to Browser without any feedback why this directory is created and what it purpose is. It'd make sense to display a dialog after the directory is detected which explains what the state of the application is and what the user can do with Browser.bak (delete, replace Browser in cause of failure (which?), fetch settings, ...).

experienced with tor-browser 6.0.1

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comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by cypherpunks

Component: - Select a componentApplications/Tor Browser
Owner: set to tbb-team

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by mcs

Cc: brade mcs added
Status: newneeds_information

It is likely that Browser.bak was created during the automated update process. Usually, it is deleted after a successful or unsuccessful update. If you have a working browser, it is safe to delete Browser.bak. But I would rather not put up a message about this; it would be better to avoid cases where it is left behind.

Are you running on Windows or Linux?
Can you reproduce this problem (and provide steps we can follow)?
Is Browser.bak created even when no updates are pending?

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