Opened 9 months ago

Last modified 7 weeks ago

#27604 new defect

Relocating the Tor Browser directory is broken with Tor Browser 8

Reported by: gk Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-8.0-issues, tbb-regression, tbb-8.0.1-can
Cc: user6969, catalyst Actual Points:
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Description

In Tor Browser 7 users were able to extract Tor Browser in directory foo run it and copy it over to bar and run it. Starting with Tor Browser 8 this does not seem to be possible anymore. See, for instance, the respective report on our blog: https://blog.torproject.org/comment/277011#comment-277011.

Child Tickets

Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 9 months ago by gk

Keywords: tbb-8.0.1-can added

Marking for 8.0.1 can.

comment:2 Changed 9 months ago by mcs

Kathy and I cannot reproduce the crash, but any action that causes the browser profile to be renamed or moved breaks things. The specific problem which we observed on both macOS and Linux is that Torbutton and Tor Launcher are not loaded after a rename or move.

A workaround is to delete the extensions.json file, which contains full paths. Probably that file is supposed to be recreated automatically when the profile is moved. Webextensions do not seem to suffer the same fate even though extensions.json contains their paths as well (which are outdated after the profile move).

comment:3 Changed 8 months ago by traumschule

#28199 is a duplicate.

comment:4 Changed 4 months ago by gk

Summary: Relocating the Tor Browser directory is broken with Tor Browser 8 on LinuxRelocating the Tor Browser directory is broken with Tor Browser 8

FWIW, this happens on Windows as well it seems, see: https://blog.torproject.org/comment/279768#comment-279768

comment:5 Changed 3 months ago by gk

Cc: user6969 added

Closed #27574 and #29711 as duplicates.

comment:6 Changed 2 months ago by cypherpunks

win x64, tb 8.0.8 and still... the same...

comment:7 Changed 2 months ago by catalyst

Cc: catalyst added

comment:8 Changed 7 weeks ago by ayylmao

why isn't this fixed already? my tor browser is up to date and if i move the folder somewhere else than the location where i first installed it and try to launch the program i can't get it to work. i thought tor was supposed to be portable

comment:9 in reply to:  8 Changed 7 weeks ago by gk

Replying to ayylmao:

why isn't this fixed already? my tor browser is up to date and if i move the folder somewhere else than the location where i first installed it and try to launch the program i can't get it to work. i thought tor was supposed to be portable

It isn't fixed yet because nobody has worked on it so far. But it could be you to solve this, helping us out! It would be really appreciated.

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