Dataloss Bug in Latest Windows Installer Builds Can Delete Contents of Program Files Folder
Thursday February 5th, 2004
A serious bug in the latest Windows installer builds of the Mozilla Application Suite can lead to users having the entire contents of their Program Files folder deleted. The problem is present in the 2004-02-03-18 and later trunk Windows installer and net installer builds. The affected binaries have had the suffix -dangerous added to their filenames and been removed from the latest-trunk and latest directories on the mozilla.org FTP site. Testers are strongly advised not to download these dangerous builds. The issue is being tracked in bug 233014 (please do not add unnecessary comments to this bug). Thanks to Zbigniew Braniecki for alerting us to this problem.
Update: The bug is now fixed and latest Windows installer and net installer builds do not exhibit the problem.
You sound like you think that people should have known it was fixed.
Leaf's comment on the bug was "I've reverted the path on the build system, so future builds will not have this issue, but it would be good to bulletproof the installer creation system against line ending issues caused by using cygwin perl/utils", and the bug wasn't marked fixed. Hardly a clear announcement.
Morphing that bug was a dumb idea - given that end-users are taking their information from it, it should have been marked FIXED with a comment that was clear to non-techies, and a new bug filed for the bulletproofing fix up. Alternatively, one of you mozilla.org folks could have posted about the problem, and the fix, in a newsgroup (or submitted a story here, or used your blog), so that the communication wasn't relying on the bug and random people posting stuff in various places.