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.

#32 A few suggestions, and questions

by cyb3rn0ir

Friday February 6th, 2004 3:47 PM

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I never install any programs into the default windows OS partition on any of my computers, which is usually the "C" drive, other than included or added hardware. I add software and downloads into another partition which is usually the "D" drive. I also have an external hard drive that I use to test "beta apps" or programs that may be incompatible with the OS I am using. I also have a software program the monitors downloads, and or software installation, for easy uninstalls ( many add to or change registry settings).

It also helps to create a restore point prior to adding any downloads or installing new software, with Windows XP. ( I don't know if this function is available with earlier windows OSes). Also, backing up data is important, as if a user is root or administrator, one slip can undo weeks, if not months of work.

All in all, is it possible to have one stable build of mozilla located on one partition, and a nightly test build installed on another?? I haven't tried this, and wonder if it won't work , as I don't know what, if any, changes are made to the windows registry when Mozilla is first installed.