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API curl in pipelines to create a pull request returns "Bad request"


I have a custom pipeline which runs on a schedule to run some automated updates and then create a pull request with the branch that was created.

The update commands run, the branch gets created and pushed up, but the curl request I make with the Bitbucket API fails with "Bad request" and no other info.

Here is how I'm obtaining credentials and posting the API request:

BB_TOKEN=$(curl -s -S -f -X POST -u "${AUTOMATED_UPDATES_AUTH}" \ \
-d grant_type=client_credentials -d scopes="repository" | jq --raw-output '.access_token')
export BB_TOKEN

-S -X POST \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H "Authorization: Bearer ${BB_TOKEN}" \
-d '{
"title": "'"${TITLE}"'"
"description": "",
"source": {
"branch": {
"name": "'"${NEW_BRANCH}"'"
"destination": {
"branch": {
"name": "f2-main"
"close_source_branch": true,
"reviewers": '[]'

Here is the output:

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 0
100 397 100 11 100 386 174 6126 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 6301
Bad Request


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Theodora Boudale
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Aug 31, 2022

Hi Chris and welcome to the community!

There is a comma ( , ) missing after the entry for title in the data which I believe may be causing this error. I am referring to the following part of the data:

"title": "'"${TITLE}"'"
"description": "",

There is no comma after the value of the title, before the "description". Could you please add it, and let me know if the call succeeds then?

Kind regards,

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