[tbb-bugs] #20210 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Update from 6.5a2 to 6.5a3 on OSX breaks Tor Browser

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#20210: Update from 6.5a2 to 6.5a3 on OSX breaks Tor Browser
 Reporter:  mrphs                     |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Very High                 |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Major                     |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  TorBrowserTeam201609      |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by mcs):

 Replying to [comment:15 rdump]:
 > I am also able to reproduce the problem in Tor Browser 6.0.5 when a
 separate alpha series is upgraded to 6.5a3, or is freshly installed, on
 the same machine.
 > Updating an alpha series Tor Browser from 6.5a2 to 6.5a3 causes a
 previously updated stable series Tor Browser 6.0.5, when launched
 subsequently on the same Mac OS X/macOS system, to show the same control
 port failure symptom.  Ditto a freshly installed 6.0.5.  This behavior was
 noted on 3 separate Mac OS X systems (2x 10.11.6, 1x 10.12).

 Thank you for adding to this ticket. I assume you are running both the
 6.0.5 and 6.5a3 browsers from /Applications? Please do not do that for
 both the stable and alpha releases, because the user profile will be
 shared (which is not necessarily a good thing). What is happening in this
 specific case is that when you open TB 6.5a3, the versions of Torbutton
 and Tor Launcher that ship with the alpha get installed in your browser
 profile under ~/Library/Application Support/TorBrowser-Data.
 Unfortunately, later when you open TB 6.0.5, the same Torbutton and Tor
 Launcher are used. And now your 6.0.5 is broken because it is running with
 alpha extensions.

 I recommend that you keep the alpha in a folder outside of /Applications
 so it will always have its own TorBrowser-Data directory.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/20210#comment:16>
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