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How to write a JQL to search for a user in one field but not in another?


I have 2 custom fields called "Code Review Approvers" and Code Review Approved By". When a workflow reached the "Code Review" status, a few users are selected to be the "Code Review Approvers". As a user approves, their name gets populated in the "Code Review Approved By" field.

I want to create a filter where the currentuser() is in "Code Review Approvers" but not in "COde Review Approved By", which means they have a pending approval.

The JQL I came up with was:

"Code Review Approvers" = currentUser() and "Code Review Approved By" != currentUser().

This, however, is not returning any issues. What am I doing wrong here?

2 answers

Hi! you need to use "in" and "not in"


"Code Review Approvers" in (currentUser()) and "Code Review Approved By" not in (currentUser())

Hi, It still does not work.

Did you ever find a solution to this issue?

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Payne Community Leader Aug 16, 2019

I tried a small proof of concept, and it seems that the != portion of your query is what is failing. In my test "Test Multi User Field" = currentUser() returns the one issue that I expect, but "Test Multi User Field" != currentUser(), which I expect to return all other issues, returns 0 issues. I unfortunately have no guidance on this issue.

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