[tbb-bugs] #12468 [Tor Browser]: TBB unconditionally logs all Firefox output to disk

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#12468: TBB unconditionally logs all Firefox output to disk
     Reporter:  rransom      |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  defect       |     Status:  new
     Priority:  blocker      |  Milestone:
    Component:  Tor Browser  |    Version:
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Comment (by isis):

 Replying to [comment:1 mikeperry]:
 > The problem is that this logging to disk happens on Mac and likely also
 Windows already. If we also save a linux log file, we can more easily
 chase down disk leaks like #12472 and others that apply to those users.
 > However, since we can and probably should fix #12472 first, I reverted
 c2bd8a5f070e771623aebfb66e95e9e954e5522d until we have an HTTPS-Everywhere
 alpha with that fix.
 > I'm going to leave this open though because Tor Browser still
 unconditionally logs to disk on Mac and probably Windows. Patches welcome!

 It is now believed that my c2bd8a5f070e771623aebfb66e95e9e954e5522d commit
 (not the logging to file part, but the rest of it) might fix #12941 for
 Linux users. We probably want it, and if necessary I can revise it to
 remove the logfile portion and keep the rest.

 Also, while looking over HTTPSEverywhere a couple weeks ago, with a fresh
 copy of Tor Browser, HTTPSEverywhere appeared to no longer logging URIs.
 (My friend from the EFF and I used it for about 20 minutes or so and
 didn't see any.) Perhaps if HTTPSEverywhere has fixed this, then logging
 to file is no longer such a drastic issue?

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/12468#comment:13>
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