still running old version of Tor Button after upgrading TBB in-place
I've been upgrading TBB by untarring the new one over my old one, to preserve my preferences and bookmarks. I've heard this is not recommended, but I haven't heard a better way to accomplish this goal and as I use TBB for everything I'd really like to have my preferences saved.
After upgrading to 3.6.3 I happened to notice I was running an outdated Tor Button. I investigated a bit but have been unable to determine how this happens. But, it is reproducible:
- Untar and run TBB 3.6.2 (on Linux, in my case)
- Quit TBB.
- Untar and run TBB 3.6.3
- Look at the versions of the extensions (under Tools->Add-ons).
In my case, the Tor Launcher and HTTPS Everywhere are the expected versions (what is listed in the 3.6.3 release notes), NoScript is newer (it auto-updates, apparently) and Tor Button is older. I confirmed that the file at
tor-browser_en-US/Data/Browseremail@example.com contains the correct version (184.108.40.206) and I don't see any other tor button files in my tor-browser_en-US, so the old version must be getting cached somewhere.
I suspected this might be related to the fact that the file has an mtime of Jan 1 2000 (which I assume relates to the deterministic builds), but the other extensions which do update have that mtime too.
I was able to get the new version to run by removing the file from the extensions directory, running and quitting TBB, and then placing the file back there.