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How to set the parent link on an Epic?


I have an automation rule where I want to set the parent link of an Epic to an Initiative. 


What smart value do I use to set that in the additional fields section? This is what I am trying currently with no luck.

"fields": {
"Parent Link": {"key" : "PT-16747"}

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Hey Julia :) 

As @Stefan Salzl alluded to, the Json needs to be built out a bit more. Something like this should work:

    "update" : {
        "customfield_<parentLink Field ID>" : [{"set" : "PT-16747"}]
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Bill Sheboy
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Mar 18, 2022

Hi @Julia 

I recommend first confirming the name of the field/smart value to use.  Find an example epic linked to an initiative, and then use this how-to article to confirm the smart value:

My understanding is the smart value name is parent, not parent link.

Then take a look at the examples here to confirm the way to set the link for the relevant field type:

Kind regards,

I am in Jira Server, not cloud. 

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Stefan Salzl
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Mar 18, 2022

hi @Julia ,

tbh: I‘m not proficient with advanced roadmaps and I dunno smart values by heart. I would recommend to have a look at the JSON of the issue (see the link below) to see the exact name of the field.


This also does not work:

"fields": {
"Parent Link": "PT-16747"

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