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 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.

#20 Stability

by SomeGuy

Friday February 6th, 2004 9:41 AM

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I think many people have gotten used to Mozilla nightly builds being fairly stable. We all need to remember that the nightly builds are all works in progress, and may potentially crash, refuse to start, scramble bookmarks, or even delete your entire hard drive. People who test these builds are taking a risk, but that risk pays off in the form of well tested stable release builds.