Opened 8 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#6145 closed project (fixed)

Decide if it's safe to unzip the new TBB into the old TBB directory

Reported by: arma Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
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Cc: runa, mikeperry Actual Points:
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Some of our users upgrade their TBB in-place, by unzipping the new one over the old one. The benefit is that they get to keep their bookmarks, extensions, etc.

Are there drawbacks that are going to bite them eventually, e.g. when we change something in TBB and users get different behavior depending on whether they have a fresh unzip or they overwrite an old unzip?

It seems we've been recommending this behavior to users, so we should decide whether to continue or stop.

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by arma

Cc: runa sebastian mikeperry added

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by mikeperry

Summary: Is it good advice for users to unzip the new TBB into the old TBB directory?Decide if it's safe to unzip the new TBB into the old TBB directory
Type: defectproject

I've been doing this for a while without issue. I think the plan is for it to be how our updater works, too.

Note that doing so will reset your prefs due to #3944. This sometimes leads people to try to go the other way: copy the *old* tbb directory over the new unzipped copy. That is definitely fail city, and will break stuff.

OTOH, we could perhaps decide that the TBB update process should explicitly *not* preserve extensions and prefs on purpose, to avoid fingerprinting issues.. I think that's likely to bring the fury, though.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

Keywords: needs-triage added

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

Component: Tor bundles/installationTor Browser
Owner: changed from erinn to tbb-team

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by Sebastian

Cc: sebastian removed

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by gk

Keywords: needs-triage removed
Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

We don't recommend it anymore (if that ever happened) as the updater landed in 4.0 which is now the way to get a newer Tor Browser without the need for re-customization. If there are still resources on our websites that talk about doing the unzip dance we should update them in (a) separate ticket(s).

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