The REST API does not directly support impersonation of users, but there is a plugin for that:
Please note that this would only work for JIRA Server.
How about when using scriptrunner and groovy within a custom rest endpoint?
def jiraAuthenticationContext = ComponentAccessor.getJiraAuthenticationContext()
def originalUser = jiraAuthenticationContext.getLoggedInUser()
def userManager = ComponentAccessor.getUserManager()
def adminUser = userManager.getUserByName("deployer")
assert adminUser // make sure an admin user called "deployer" exists in all instances
// make REST requests here
If you spend enough time as a Jira admin - whether you are managing a single, mid-sized instance, a large enterprise one or juggling multiple instances at once - you will eventually find yourself in ...
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