How can I search for a null value?

As the subject states, I would like to search for tickets that have a null value in a particular field.  For example, I want to find all tickets that have no labels, or no fix version, etc.

 

In the particular case I was using it, I have a search that will find all tickets without 3 specific labels, but when it returns a result, it is basically every other ticket that has a label, just not those three.  This is only partially correct in the result I want, but I also need to see all the tickets that have no label to make my result truely complete.

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For a simple null value in a field, try

  • labels is empty
  • fix version is empty

and so-on.

The question about "not label" is a bit more of a faff, because of the way humans tend not to be precise in their logic.  "Label is not X" does not mean the same as "label is empty", it means "there is a label on the issue, but it is not X"

When you are looking for your issues that do not have 3 specific label, you need to say "Label not in ( x, y, z ) or label is empty"

Thanks, that helps, I didn't realize there was an EMPTY modifier as it does not populate in the JQL line as an option.

 

Cheers!

It does pop into the list, but only when you've used specific phrases.  Later versions of JIRA have improved it a bit, widening the phrases that trigger it.  6 is ok,  but 7 offers it more and more.

 

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