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scoped_dir folders in downloads directory

  • Sweet baby Jesus, how long will this take to fix??

    Same here 😃

  • Hello, at opening downloaded application from opera created scopeddir* folder and keep alive afer execution. As result a lot of folders in downloads directory. Google didn't help. Any ideas?

    The issue the OP noted has been occurring since last February/March... it is an opera issue.

    If anything, Opera is sand-boxing the downloaded container when a user executes the container within opera downloads.

    There's nothing to be concerned about, just delete the scopeddir* folder and it's contents. The original file you downloaded will still be in the location you downloaded the file to. If you do not want, or too lazy, to delete the scopeddir* folder and it's contents then do not run / execute the downloaded item through Opera.

    The contents of the scopeddir* folder is just a copy of the original file you downloaded, explicitly when you executed the file through Opera.

  • The issue the OP noted has been occurring since last February/March... it is an opera issue.
    If anything, Opera is sand-boxing the downloaded container when a user executes the container within opera downloads.
    There's nothing to be concerned about, just delete the scopeddir* folder and it's contents. The original file you downloaded will still be in the location you downloaded the file to.
    The contents of the scopeddir* folder is just a copy of the original file you downloaded, explicitly when you executed the file through Opera.

    That's the thing, it's been almost a year this thread has been created, and I myself remember using a bug report form twice...
    Yea we know we can just remove these directories, but it's not something we, users, should be doing... Especially when you're downloading a lot, then you may get confused about why is the size of the downloads folder doubled.

    I really wish an Opera developer would at least tell us if the problem was acknowledged.

  • I really wish an Opera developer would at least tell us if the problem was acknowledged.

    Maybe they don't see it as a problem?

  • I really wish an Opera developer would at least tell us if the problem was acknowledged.

    Maybe they don't see it as a problem?

    A browser causing several gigabytes of free space being filled out with duplicate files -
    how could they possibly not classify it as a "problem" or a "bug"?

  • A browser causing several gigabytes of free space being filled out with duplicate files -
    how could they possibly not classify it as a "problem" or a "bug"?

    For what I understood from this topic, the folders and files are temporary and are removed when Opera is closed. So for majority of users, this is not exactly an issue.

  • For what I understood from this topic, the folders and files are temporary and are removed when Opera is closed.

    They're not temporary, they're persistent even after closing the browser.

  • They're not temporary, they're persistent even after closing the browser.

    Well, I've checked here and the folder has disappeared after closing Opera.

  • I'll have to check precisely later, but I remember having to clean up scoped_dirs about 2 weeks ago and now I see some new folders. Maybe one of the updates silently introduced a workaround...

  • Yea, you were right, the last scoped_dir that was left in my downloads folder is from April 30th, now I tested it and new scoped dirs are removed after closing the browser.
    So a workaround is in effect, now we shall wait for a proper fix 😉

  • So a workaround is in effect, now we shall wait for a proper fix

    I guess they already fixed the issue, what was the folder not being removed.

    Folder creation itself seems to be related to a security feature.

  • I'm getting this nonsense with currently latest Opera and it's idiotic. Had to google it and that led me here. And it's not in TEMP folder, but in my actual DOWNLOADS folder.

  • i having the same problem.

  • A browser causing several gigabytes of free space being filled out with duplicate files -
    how could they possibly not classify it as a "problem" or a "bug"?
    For what I understood from this topic, the folders and files are temporary and are removed when Opera is closed. So for majority of users, this is not exactly an issue.

    I don't power off my computer nor close my browser unless it crashes. I don't like bookmarks, I use about 50 tabs across 4-5 windows, thus why I never close it.

    I have a whole ton of scoped_cruft dirs and I also am tired of this bug.

  • WoW!, this thread is sooo old, and yet the bug persists. I too keep getting mountains of these annoying folders building up in my downloads folder. I have no idea if they vanish on browser close or not as I never close my browser. I have rebooted a few times, and just tested after boot by opening and then closing Opera, so I can confirm they are NOT removed when closing Opera.

    I guess the devs don't come here given how long this bug has been around.

  • This is a user forum, though a few of the devs have been known to visit. If you want to report a bug, the place for that is https://bugs.opera.com/wizarddesktop/

  • I have no idea if they vanish on browser close or not as I never close my browser. I have rebooted a few times, and just tested after boot by opening and then closing Opera, so I can confirm they are NOT removed when closing Opera.

    When you rebooted, did you close Opera first? Opera probably doesn't clean them up if it doesn't get to shut down properly. The OS is supposed to notify you/Opera that it's shutting down so that Opera can properly close, but I don't know if that situation works properly in Opera. So, I would make sure you explicitly close Opera yourself before choosing to reboot if you haven't been.

    Also, for folders that aren't deleted when they're supposed to be (because of improper shutdown of Opera for example), I'm assuming those ones will never be automatically deleted by Opera in the future as Opera lost the handles to those folders or something. As in, they got removed from the "to be deleted on closing" list.

    So, what I would do is go to "Downloads" in Opera and clear all your downloads. Then, I would close Opera and manually delete all those scoped directories in your downloads. Then, from now on, make sure Opera is closed properly. If for some reason it isn't, and you downloaded something, immediately check your downloads folder and get rid of any that are left behind so they don't build up.

    With that said, Opera probably needs a better strategy for this. Maybe it should tag the scoped directories it creates with "opera" or something and then always any opera-related scoped directory on close (or maybe even asynchronously on startup).

  • Trouble still present. 😠

  • This thing is really irritating. How on earth can this be so incredibly hard to figure out by devs? It's not like all Windows apps just randomly create "scoped_dir" named folders for the downloads. There is obviously a piece of code in Opera that does this specifically under certain situations entirely unknown to users.

  • As far as I know, those folders are created when you open an executable file from inside Opera and it seems to happen for security reasons.

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