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How to delete stories underneath an Epic when delete this Epic?


I have created a auto rule successfully that when create an Epic there will be 4 stories(Schedule Story, HW Story, Driver Story, Deliverable Story) created automatically. And their Epic link is this Epic.

Now my question is when I delete an Epic, I want to delete these 4 stories automatically. But this rule is failed. Could someone can help me how to write this rule? Thanks!




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Fabian Lim Community Leader Dec 18, 2021

Hi @Jessica JH7 Xu

I would check the logs to see the exact error message, but most likely it's because the issue was deleted already when you run the branch. 

Also check you have delete permissions in your project.

Instead of deleting them change the status to cancelled. 


Hi Fabian,

Thanks for your reply. The error message as following.  I think you are right. I deleted this Epic already. The stories don't has the Epic link any more.


And  I have delete premissions in my project. I can delete them manually. 

If have way to delete these stories when delete Epic, it's good than cancelled them. But if has no way, I can only cancell them. Thanks.


Fabian Lim Community Leader Dec 19, 2021

Hi @Jessica JH7 Xu

If you decide to cancel instead, this is straightforward.

Trigger: issue transitoned to cancelled

Same as you have with the only change to the action in thr branch.

Action: transition to cancelled

Thanks Fabian.

I come up with another way to implement the idea.  But still failed as following picture. So it seems that as long as the delete item is used as the trigger, the branch will not work.  Do you think so? Thanks.


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Hi there,

Following on from Fabian's suggestion above, had you tried a scheduled rule that uses similar JQL but looks for stories without an epic link (i.e. where the epic has already been deleted), and then deletes those stories?



Hi Charlie, Thanks for your suggestion. If look for stories without an Epic, it has a side effect to delete others storied not related this Epic if others stories has no Epic link. I want to avoid this scenario.

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