Incorrect profile manager operation because of improper directory searching

RESOLVED EXPIRED

Status

Core Graveyard
Profile: BackEnd
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minor
RESOLVED EXPIRED
15 years ago
2 years ago

People

(Reporter: Scott Craig, Assigned: Conrad Carlen (not reading bugmail))

Tracking

Trunk
x86
Windows 98

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Description

15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win 9x 4.90; en-US; rv:1.2b) Gecko/20021016
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win 9x 4.90; en-US; rv:1.2b) Gecko/20021016

o  I do not allow the directory "Application Data" to exist on this computer.
o  The Mozilla defaults were created in \Windows\Mozilla by Mozilla
o  If something recreates the "Application Data" directory I have to delete it
   or Mozilla will try to find its profile there instead of \Windows\Mozilla
o  The search path for the profiles should be revised to check \Windows\Mozilla
   as well as the \Windows\Application Data directory.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run something (i.e. Visual C++ v6) that creates \Application Data directory
2. Start Mozilla
3.
Actual Results:  
Profile manager appeared even though the profile exists in \Windows\Mozilla

Expected Results:  
Found the profile in \Windows\Mozilla instead of prompting me to create a new one.

Application software should keep its files in its own directory.  There is no
excuse and no reason to install files in the Windows directory (yeah, I've heard
all the arguments like "The Windows directory is the only one that is guaranteed
writable") but there is no reason for Mozilla to be installing profile data in
the Windows directory (or any sub directory of Window) in the first place.

If you insist on placing files in a Windows subdirectory, at least check them all
before telling the user that he needs to recreate them.
-> invalid

You must change the application data directory ifg you don't want applications
write in that directory.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 2

15 years ago
Reopening.
Status: RESOLVED → UNCONFIRMED
Resolution: INVALID → ---

Comment 3

15 years ago
-> backend
Assignee: jaggernaut → ccarlen
Component: Profile Manager FrontEnd → Profile Manager BackEnd
(Assignee)

Comment 4

15 years ago
Strange. Calling SHGetSpecialFolderLocation with CSIDL_APPDATA gives \Windows\
if "Application Data" doesn't exist? Is there is a way of getting a list of
these alternate locations from the OS? We're using a Windows API to get the path
to what is the recommended place to put this kind of data.
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Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago12 years ago
Resolution: --- → EXPIRED
Product: Core → Core Graveyard
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