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Chrome process launch fails when Windows user name contains 'special' characters. #333

RyanONeill1970 opened this Issue Jun 18, 2018 · 1 comment


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RyanONeill1970 commented Jun 18, 2018

My name on some Windows installations is embedded into the user directory so that it comes out as

C:\Users\Ryan O'Neill\AppData\....

There are two problems here, the space and the apostrophe. I imagine other characters will cause this issue too. When launching Chrome, the process ignores all of the characters past the space and shows this error (via a popup dialogue, visible when headless is turned off);

Failed to Create Data Directory
Chromium cannot read or write to its data directory:

This can be rectified in Launcher.cs by amending;

To reproduce this error, create a Windows user with a space in their name. A lot of the unit tests then fail.

I am happy to provide a pull-request, but thought I would check first.


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kblok commented Jun 18, 2018

Pull requests are welcome @RyanONeill1970.

Thanks for taking the time to go through the code!

RyanONeill1970 added a commit to RyanONeill1970/puppeteer-sharp that referenced this issue Jun 18, 2018

@kblok kblok closed this in #335 Jun 18, 2018

kblok added a commit that referenced this issue Jun 18, 2018

user-data-dir improvements (#335)
* Closes issue #333 by handling paths with spaces in them.

* Move 'space in file path' code to extensions.

* Use Cake Code, more cake is always good.
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