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From "Jon Hoffman (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CB-12928) Windows UWP shared Local Folder being removed
Date Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:43:00 GMT
Jon Hoffman created CB-12928:

             Summary: Windows UWP shared Local Folder being removed
                 Key: CB-12928
             Project: Apache Cordova
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: cordova-windows
    Affects Versions: 6.5.0
         Environment: When running on a Windows 10 platform
            Reporter: Jon Hoffman
            Assignee: Jesse MacFadyen
            Priority: Critical

We are writing an application using Ionic 2 for Windows 10. The application will need to share
data between different users on the same machine therefore we are using the shared local folder
to save the data to as described in the “Using Shared Local” section of this page:

This method works great and we made changes to the Cordova-Sqlite-Storage plugin so it will
write the database file to the shared local folder. The problem is when we update our application
the shared local folder is removed thereby erasing all of the saved data.

I created a native C# application to see if we had the same behavior when we updated a native
application. When we updated the native app the shared local folder was not removed therefore
this is an issue specific to our hybrid application.

My first thought was maybe the Add-AppDevPackage.ps1 scripts were different between the native
and Ionic 2 application since that is the script that we used to perform the installation
and update. I ran a comparison tool to compare the scripts from the Ionic2 and native applications
however the two files are exactly the same.

I can also verify that the user local folder for the application is not removed when we perform
an update however that folder is specific to the individual user and we can not share data
from that folder. Does anyone know why the shared local folder is removed when we perform
an update of an Ionic 2 application?

I put a proof of concept application that simply writes a text file to the shared local folder
and the application local folder that can be used to see how the shared local folder is removed
when we update the app.  The repository is located here:
 and includes a windows plugin to write to the shared local folder.  You will need to set
the groups policy as described in the link from the first paragraph of this description to
get access to the shared local folder.

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