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How do I search for an exact phrase in JQL for the issue description?


Specifically, I am trying to search for description ~ "Severity: High"  (or others such as "Severity: Low") but every JQL I've tried doesn't actually do exact phrase searching but rather it is just searching if SEVERITY and HIGH both exist in the description.

How do I search for an exact phrase in the issue description?


I've tried it in quotes and I've tried a few other suggestions, like \"Severity: High" "Severity??High"  ... "Severity:^High"   ...description ~ '"Severity: High"~1'  ...  AND description ~ '"Severity: High"~0'


but in all of the above cases if you would replace the word High with anything else in the description, such as "main" -- it clearly shows it's not searching for that as the exact phrase word for word, or there'd be 0 results in that case.


The documentation for advanced Lucene in Jira doesn't seem to actually work.  But I'm also 1000% certain I've done this exactly JQL search in a past Jira life at another company, but there I self hosted, and this is in the cloud. We do have word stemming enabled, too, which is also turning up more matches.

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It seems like this is a known bug with Cloud that is still unassigned by Atlassian:


So the answer is, you cannot do this. Going to have to write a script to parse it myself and add labels in to every ticket instead--for a bug they don't even have prioritized.

still doesn't work

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