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How can I search custom fields contains "A" character?

I found an interesting thing in JQL contains (~) search.

Let's say, I have a custom field called CRank. It is a text field.

Users may input A, A+, A-, B .... E .... into the text field.

I found we can search the issue contains B or C or ... ( CRank ~ C)

But, we got no result if we want to search for A (CRRank ~A)


I know I can change this field type to picklist but this will be a long list.

Just wondering if anyone experience this before?




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Payne Community Leader Mar 21, 2019

A is likely a stopword (a word that is not indexed) in the Lucene index, due to its common usage as an article (a, an, the). The stopword list can be modified, but I'd be hesitant to do so unless you really need this functionality.

Thank you @Payne . It solved the myth 

Hi @SW 

One of the easiest way to search by word parts or combinations is to use regex expressions. You can try the add-on Power JQL.
And the request like:

issue in powerIssue("project=PSUP", "summary, description", ".*A.*")

Pay attention that the request may be heavy in terms of performance and you should always define subquery ("project=PSUP") to reduce regex checks.

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John Funk Community Leader Mar 21, 2019

Hi Swift - welcome to the Community!

I have not seen it where it would not work with a specific letter. You might try using a wildcard for the A. You can find information here:

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