[tbb-bugs] #18186 [Applications/Tor Browser]: tor browser updater handles full disk poorly

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Mon Jun 19 21:48:39 UTC 2017

#18186: tor browser updater handles full disk poorly
 Reporter:  cypherpunks               |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
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Comment (by torusers):


 I can confirm this. Just yesterday, the updated process crashed my
 The Linux UI was almost completely unresponsive, I managed to kill -9 the
 Tor process and related processes after several minutes.

 Only today, when the whole ordeal started again just seconds after
 starting the TBB, I checked iotop and noticed that the Tor updater was the

 *Please* disable this "staging" stuff, it definitely does more harm than
 good. Instead of relying on a well-running PC for a few seconds for the
 update process, the PC has to run many minutes or even hours for the

 Please remember that there are still many people with non-SSD HDDs, where
 reading and writing at the same time on the same disk is *really* slow.

 This is seriously the only thing that nags me with the TBB, everything
 else is great.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/18186#comment:8>
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