Open Bug 1278811 Opened 4 years ago Updated 3 months ago
Firefox in Private Browsing Mode deletes downloaded files upon exit
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.10; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0 Build ID: 20160604131506 Steps to reproduce: Turn off: Remember browser and download history Search for PDF online, click and open in PDF program and close. Close Firefox Actual results: The PDF is deleted from /Downloads directory Expected results: Don't delete downloaded PDFs (the history should be deleted, but not the files!) Or at least improve the UI in Preferences to show the user that DL History and DL files are deleted!
Does it happen with a fresh profile? https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles
Component: Untriaged → Download Manager
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
In addition, where is located the /Downloads directory? On local drive? USB drive? Network drive?
/Downloads is default OS X New profile Settings -> Applications: PDF Always ask Privacy -> Use custom: Check: Always use private Check: Accept 3rd party from visited Google for a PDF file. Click, open in Preview (OS X PDF viewer). Close Preview Close Firefox Firefox deletes tge PDF from /Downloads on exit Expected: Firefox does not delete files (PDF) from /Downloads on exit in Private mode *OR* gives user explicit information that private mode will remove files from /Downloads on exit (to me there is a difference between private: don't keep cookies and all the website tracking) and delete the files that I clicked on) - but maybe this is just me that has a different understanding? In that case a UI matrix to show what the various privacy options do / do not do may make things clearer?
Ok, it's in PB mode.
Summary: Firefox deletes downloaded files upon exit → Firefox in Private Mode deletes downloaded files upon exit
Good point - maybe it's expected behaviour - though in that case is this the difference between PB mode and custom with delete on exit turned on for everything? In that case maybe have a PB mode checkbox that checks all the privacy options (and shows explicit: delete downloaded files on exit)?
Component: Download Manager → Private Browsing
Product: Toolkit → Firefox
Summary: Firefox in Private Mode deletes downloaded files upon exit → Firefox in Private Browsing Mode deletes downloaded files upon exit
It also happened to me a few times, last time i downloaded a .zip file. But unfortunately i cannot reproduce it, my Downloads folder is D:\ drive. Name: Firefox Version: 45.2.0 Build ID: 20160601155443 Update Channel: esr User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:45.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/45.0
Marking P5: would accept a patch that gives user explicit information that private mode will remove downloaded files on exit. However note that not ALL files are deleted? A PDF file was deleted, but an .xpi file was not?
Priority: -- → P5
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