[tbb-bugs] #13247 [Tor Browser]: meek profile error after update

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#13247: meek profile error after update
     Reporter:  mcs          |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  defect       |     Status:  new
     Priority:  normal       |  Milestone:
    Component:  Tor Browser  |    Version:
   Resolution:               |   Keywords:
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Comment (by mcs):

 Replying to [comment:1 dcf]:
 > The meek-http-helper profile isn't listed in profiles.ini (on purpose).
 I wonder if that can be related? Here is my profiles.ini with 4.0-alpha-2:
 > ...
 > What does yours look like after starting the browser a second time? If
 you run `./Browser/firefox -P`, is the meek-http-helper profile listed?
 For me it only shows "default".

 My profile.ini is the same as yours after updating to 4.0-alpha-3, so I do
 not think that is the problem.

 Today on Mac OS after I saw the "Profile Missing" error, I restarted the
 browser again and the Tor Launcher configuration wizard was displayed
 (presumably because the Tor bootstrap failed the last time the browser was
 started).  But at the same time, a "Select Your Add-ons" window was
 displayed, asking me to confirm that I wanted the meek HTTP helper add-on
 the be enabled (I will attach a screenshot).  After I dismiss that window
 and then click "Connect" in the Tor Launcher wizard, everything works
 fine.  Upon subsequent restarts everything is also OK.

 I wonder if the problem occurs during/after an update because the hidden
 meek client browser does not get shutdown while the updater is updating
 files.  Or maybe the shutdown is not fast enough.  Tor Launcher issues a
 TAKEOWNERSHIP control port command and relies on tor to shut itself down
 when the main browser exits.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/13247#comment:2>
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