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.

#41 Re: Re: Re: Re: um, fixed?

by asa <>

Friday February 6th, 2004 10:18 PM

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"It's quite obvious from reading forum discussions that there are people using nightly builds that don't know how to use bugzilla, and don't understand concepts of trunk and branch, or the even the difference between a nightly and a alpha/beta."

"We make binary versions of Mozilla available for testing purposes only. We write code and post the results right away so people like you can join our testing process, try it out, and report the bugs you find. It's guaranteed that you'll find bugs. Lots of them. Mozilla might crash on startup. It might delete all your files and cause your computer to burst into flames. Don't bother downloading Mozilla if you're unwilling to put up with problems."

I don't have time to worry about people who can't read warnings or read them and don't heed them. I used to have time to care. I used to put up notes nearly every single day about the quality, stability and features of each nightly build. I'd test within minutes of the builds being made available and post my results as soon as my smoketesting was done. I did this literally for years. I don't have the time to do that any more. If ths community in the forums wants to help protect its participants, maybe some champions there would like to devote that time to testing and putting up a daily status each morning after the builds are posted. When I was decreasing the frequency of my daily build comments, I seem to remember the forums, and Jason Bassford in pariticular, picking up the slack and there being regular daily build comment threads and status. Has that stopped? If so, too bad. Maybe someone will pick that effort back up. It's not gonna be me.

"If you're aiming at end-users, you either need to cater to end-users with bugzilla comments and nightlies, or you need to keep them away from them."

I'm certainly not encouraging end-users to use nightly builds and participate in Bugzilla. At the same time, I'm not about to password protect our nightly build directory and ask that all Bugzilla participants have degrees in software engineering.

"Currently we have "end-users" following the day-to-day development stuff, and then becoming upset when it doesn't do what they want (or eats their program files)."

I imagine they'll stop after a couple of melted hard drives :-)