Issue 85113 - Installer leaves files on desktop - should go into program directory instead
Summary: Installer leaves files on desktop - should go into program directory instead
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 49861
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.3.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: thorsten.martens
QA Contact: issues@framework
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-01-09 16:11 UTC by timwi
Modified: 2008-11-05 21:15 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---


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Description timwi 2008-01-09 16:11:09 UTC
I was notified by OpenOffice that version 2.3.1 is available. It downloaded the
installation package, OOo_2.3.1_Win32Intel_install_wJRE_en-US.exe, onto the desktop.

When running the installer, it created a whole folder, called "
2.3 Installation Files", also on the Desktop. This folder remains even after

a) Such a folder should be in a Temp directory (e.g. C:\Documents and
Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp), not on the Desktop.
b) The folder should be cleaned up after successful installation and not stay
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2008-02-13 15:48:51 UTC
Not a defect. This folder is not only needed for installation, it's also needed
for repairing or modifying the installation. Deleting it after installation
would lead to a kind of dataloss. If the downloaded file is moved from the
desktop to a different place and opened then, the folder will be created beside
this file and won't be shown on the desktop. Moving it to the temp-folder won't
be a good idea too.
Comment 2 timwi 2008-02-13 16:17:29 UTC
This is most definitely unexpected behaviour and very bad UI. A lot of users, if
not the majority, download installers to their desktops. It is perfectly
reasonable to expect to be able to run the installer from the desktop or indeed
from any other location. A user most certainly does not expect any files which
appear useless to him to be placed and kept somewhere as prominent as the desktop.

If the files are required by OpenOffice, they should be kept in the OpenOffice
program folder.
Comment 3 Olaf Felka 2008-02-13 17:01:26 UTC
Installation files are never placed in source directory! This doesn't make
sense. These files are placed on the desktop so that every unexperienced user
can find them. if the user doesn't want them there he can change the path.
These files are not temporary so they don't have to be placed in any temp directory.
And the 'workaround' for the user is pretty simple: Mark the folder and press
the 'Del'.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 49861 ***
Comment 4 timwi 2008-02-13 17:38:21 UTC
You are not making sense. Tm claimed that the files are still needed, yet Of
says the user can just delete them. If they can just be deleted, then the
software should do that automatically and not leave them around. If they cannot
be safely deleted, then they should be with all the other files for the same
software, which is in the program directory.

Either way, the installer SHOULD NOT clutter the user's desktop with such
useless files. No other installation software does that, and for good reason.

You say "if the user doesn't want them there he can change the path." I
definitely DID NOT specify the Desktop as the path for anything during
installation. Therefore the user cannot change the path, at least not in any
obvious way. And even if he could, the desktop is a very inappropriate default
value that needs to be changed.
Comment 5 timwi 2008-02-13 17:42:16 UTC
I'm sorry, I didn't realise you marked this as DUPLICATE instead of INVALID. I
am trying to set it back to DUPLICATE but this system is not letting me.
Comment 6 Olaf Felka 2008-02-13 20:11:14 UTC
You mix up two things. It is true that these files are needed for a repair or a
modification. Therefor it doesn't make sense that the installer itself deletes
it's installation files. That's a kind of data loss. I've never seen an
application that will do this. If the user decides to do so it is something
completely different. At least the user can do what he wants on his Desktop. And
please look careful: The NSIS Installer (That's the software stack you're
downloading) is asking where to extract these files to. And the default is
Desktop. Where else? At least the program folder or the system
Program folder is nonsense. My documents is nonsense. So what would have been
the better default? Temp is wrong because this are no temporary files? Noone has
given a better clue to solve this discussion. And again deleting needed files
isn't a solution.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 49861 ***
Comment 7 Mechtilde 2008-11-05 21:15:59 UTC
close the duplicate