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Why can't Description field be set?

Although Description shows up in a "editmeta" list for the issue as having "set" as a legitimate operation a set fails with:

"errorMessages":[],"errors":{"Description":"Field 'Description' cannot be set. It is not on the appropriate screen, or unknown."

In response to:

curl -D- -u "user:password" -X PUT -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data '{"update":{"Description":[{"set":"A description"}]}}' 'http://host:8090/rest/api/latest/issue/DAR-14'

Any ideas why?


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Works with update as well. Try this

curl -D- -u admin:admin -X PUT --data "{\"update\":{\"description\":[{\"set\":\"This works!\"}]}}" -H "Content-Type:application/json" http://localhost:8080/rest/api/2/issue/ST-1

I thought I tried that before but guess I did something different (maybe had description as upper case Description when trying that exact format) but it works now.


Hi Nathaniel,

Just got it working with this command. Try it out

curl -D- -u admin:admin -X PUT --data "{\"fields\":{\"description\":\"Hello\"}}" -H "Content-Type:application/json" http://localhost:8080/rest/api/2/issue/ST-1

Yes - that works! Thank you. It still seems that the update should work but it's good to know there is a way.


Is the Description field on an Edit screen for the issue you're trying to update? As far as I'm aware fields have to be on Edit screens in order to be updated via the APIs. I got caught out with something similar where I didn't want a field on an Edit screen (just Create and View), but updates kept failing via the API until I added the field to the Edit screen as well.


Yes, check you can do it in the UI before trying from the command line

The Description field is on the Edit screen, I can edit it in the UI and I've tried both Description and description. Still no luck.

Description to description?

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