RFR 7199674: (props) user.home property does not return an accessible location in sandboxed environment [macosx]

David DeHaven david.dehaven at oracle.com
Tue Sep 10 20:32:05 UTC 2013

> This isn't every other platform, this is Mac OS X and all the baggage that goes along with it! :)
> What do you actually need access to user.home for? Do you have empirical evidence that this will break your application?
> The whole point of sandboxing is you no longer have direct access to the entire system. The app must play inside it's sandbox, period, end of story. Gone are the days of unrestricted access to the filesystem, that's the whole point of sandboxing! This is all pretty well outlined in the "Sandboxing Your App" documentation on ADC.
> Powerbox is there to solve your problem of opening user documents (with the right entitlements) and there are mechanisms in place to allow opening related files (with the users permission of course). Even a sandboxed application can show the user the contents of his various folders in a file open dialog. This all happens regardless of whether NSHomeDirectory returns /Users/JoeBob or /Users/JoeBob/Library/Containers/com.blah.someapp

That should have been:

Which, btw, is a shadow of the users home directory... including symlinks to various folders contained therein.


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