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I just installed the latest TortoiseSVN Client (v1.7.8) for windows from this mirror here. In the installer I was asked to close Firefox to proceed. Why so? It made me nervous - does TortoiseSVN have anything to do with a web browser that I am unaware of?

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If Firefox had a lock on the c++ redistributable or on a guy library that they both use (xul) this would explain it. – linkerro Feb 4 '13 at 8:10
it might add a link to the protocol for SVN into firefox so links clicked will be handled by tortoise instead of erroring – ratchet freak Feb 4 '13 at 9:14

TortoiseSVN integrates into Windows shell, and applications that use the open/save dialog are an obstacle for the installer's intention to restart the shell.

There is nothing special about Firefox. The same can happen with Notepad.

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