[tbb-dev] Recovering from Broken Tor Browser Nightly

Matthew Finkel sysrqb at torproject.org
Thu May 13 14:43:46 UTC 2021

Hello everyone,

Today you may discover that Tor Browser Nightly does not bootstrap tor
and only shows the red error page. This is due to on-going work
improving the initial bootstrapping experience [0]. Unfortunately, only
part of the changes were merged yesterday, and that resulted in the
current broken state [1].

As described in [1], the workaround is setting the
`TOR_USE_LEGACY_LAUNCHER` environment variable as `1`:

`TOR_USE_LEGACY_LAUNCHER=1 ./tor-browser_$l/Browser/start-tor-browser`

Sorry for the inconvenience. This issue should be resolved tomorrow.

[0] https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/applications/tor-browser/-/issues/27476
[1] https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/applications/tor-launcher/-/issues/40009

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