[tbb-bugs] #10426 [Tor Browser]: "new identity" button causes in-progress downloads to be aborted

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Tue Jan 27 19:37:23 UTC 2015

#10426: "new identity" button causes in-progress downloads to be aborted
     Reporter:           |      Owner:  tbb-team
  cypherpunks            |     Status:  new
         Type:  defect   |  Milestone:
     Priority:  normal   |    Version:
    Component:  Tor      |   Keywords:  tbb-3.0, tbb-usability, tbb-newnym,
  Browser                |  tbb-easy, tbb-torbutton
   Resolution:           |  Parent ID:
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Changes (by gk):

 * cc: Rola (added)


 From #14423 which suggests we should give the user some hint/options here:
  Could TorButton check whether a download is in progress and, if so, give
 the user a choice whether to proceed?

 It currently seems to be assumed that cancelling & clearing the download
 is acceptable. It doesn't provide any feedback to the user about this
 assumption either - their downloads just disappear.

 As a simple fix, couldn't we just present a popup and clear this behavour
 with the user before creating the new identity?

 "Choosing a new identity at this time will cancel your current downloads.
 Do you want to proceed?"

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/10426#comment:7>
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