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Roll up story points to epic failing on JQL clause


The Lookup clause below is causing an error when the Epic titles contains spaces:

issuetype in (Story) and "Epic Link" = {{issue.epic name}}

Lookup issues
There was an error executing a search during custom value definition: .
Custom Smart Value JQL Search: "issuetype in (Story) and "Epic Link" = Testing Framework" - Error in the JQL Query: Expecting either 'OR' or 'AND' but got 'Testing'. (line 1, character 49)
The above error does not occur when the Epic Link and Name do not contain spaces:
Epic Name:  Test Framework [Creates error]
Epic Name:  TestFramework [When the epic name does not contain spaces this clause works, which naturally does not work as epic names will have spaces.]  I determined this by removing the spaces 'TestFramework' and the OR or AND error above goes away.


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Hi @Neil Wills 

You can wrap the smart value in quotes  to cater for multi-word strings: “Epic Link” = “{{issue.epic name}}”

by adding quotes to “{{issue.epic name}}” does this cast the expression to a string?

There is no casting involved. You are simply wrapping the output of the smart value in quotes so that the JQL is valid in the same way that a manual JQL query needs to have values with spaces quoted. 

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Hi @Neil Wills 

I believe that epic link is actually a key value, and just renders as the epic name in the user experience views.  Please try this instead for your JQL in the lookup issues action:

issueType IN (Story) AND "Epic Link" = {{issue.key}}

Best regards,

I'll experiment, I suspect the issue.key might not match "Epic Link" depending what the value of issue.key is.  I used the above solution also.

Gotcha, and...

  • Inside of the branch you showed, the {{issue}} will always be the epic, as that is the current context/scope
  • If also inside the branch, you wanted to access the story which fired the rule you would use {{triggerIssue}}
  • Once back outside the branch, {{issue}} would once again refer to the trigger issue (the story)
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