about:profiles: active profile can be removed but not the default profile

RESOLVED WORKSFORME

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Toolkit
Startup and Profile System
RESOLVED WORKSFORME
2 years ago
2 years ago

People

(Reporter: Sören Hentzschel, Unassigned)

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Firefox Tracking Flags

(firefox46 affected)

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(Reporter)

Description

2 years ago
From bug 1179129:

(In reply to Andrea Marchesini (:baku) from comment #2)
> (In reply to Olli Pettay [:smaug] from comment #1)
> > Does the patch ensure that currently used profiles can't be removed?
> 
> Yes. You cannot remove the active profile.
 
You cannot remove the *default profile* but you *can* remove the active profile if you don't use the default profile.

Comment 1

2 years ago
1. I'd like to recommend, "Each profile is a collection of folders and files that ..." 

I find "a separate world" off the point and overly dramatic. Also, I'd say using the word "separate" twice in a single sentence is questionable in regard to English style.

> Yes. You cannot remove the active profile.
2. I guess it depends on how you define "active". As I once - to my horror - discovered, when Fx is closed, (using Windows Explorer) you can delete *any* profile. 

If you really want to help newbies, somehow program a hook into the OS that says "WARNING: you are about to delete your Firefox profile. Any customizations you've made to the program will be gone with the wind" (or something like that).
> You cannot remove the *default profile* but you *can* remove the active
> profile if you don't use the default profile.

I cannot see this. about:profiles adds the 'remove' button if the profile is not the 'current' one.

https://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/toolkit/content/aboutProfiles.js#194

Can you check again? Maybe this issue is already fixed by another patch.
Flags: needinfo?(cadeyrn)
(Reporter)

Comment 3

2 years ago
Sorry for the delay. I can no longer reproduce, probably fixed by bug 1233079.
Flags: needinfo?(cadeyrn)

Comment 4

2 years ago
I confirm this is no longer reproducible with latest 46.0a1 (from 2016-01-10), under Windows 7 64-bit and Ubuntu 14.04 64. Marking accordingly.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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