[tbb-bugs] #15586 [Tor Browser]: Tor Browser cannot be launched by different users on OS X.

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#15586: Tor Browser cannot be launched by different users on OS X.
     Reporter:  Sherief      |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  defect       |     Status:  new
     Priority:  normal       |  Milestone:
    Component:  Tor Browser  |    Version:
   Resolution:               |   Keywords:  ux, tbb-usability, osx
Actual Points:               |  Parent ID:
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Comment (by Sherief):

 Replying to [comment:6 mcs]:
 > Kathy Brade and I experimented a little with this, but even after we
 reset permissions to allow multiple users to write to the entire
 TorBrowser.app directory, the bundled tor is still unhappy.  It seems like
 tor tries hard to not allow people to shoot themselves in the foot -- it
 prevents sharing of the TorBrowser.app/TorBrowser/Data/Tor directory.
 > The error message that is displayed if you do not try to adjust file
 permissions implies that doing so may allow the browser to run, which is
 true if you make the correct changes... but most people will not know what
 to do and there does not seem to be a set of permissions that allows for
 multiple users to share one app bundle.
 > How common is it for people to have multiple users on Mac OS?  In my
 experience, it is rare.

 Correct, it's rare and if I were in your place I would not spend time on
 solving this problem, after all only one user was the reason for this

 In the future, we can say that TorBrowser.app is not really a multiuser
 application and it needs to be extracted somewhere other than
 /Applications for it to work for more than one user.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/15586#comment:7>
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