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Unable to publish workflow draft

Hello, I'm attempting to publish a workflow draft, where I added an extra transition from DONE to an earlier status so that tasks can be moved back a step if need be.

When I try to publish the draft and overwrite the active workflow I recieve the following error:

"You are editing a draft workflow. The step 'DONE' has no outgoing transitions in the active workflow, so you cannot add any outgoing transitions in the Draft workflow"

I interpret this as "You can't publish this draft because it is different from the original", which is somewhat baffling, since it defeats the entire point of editing something.

Can someone help me understand why I'm unable to do this, and how I can publish the draft witout having to make a copy and reassociate the workflow with the project (if that's even an option)?


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Jack Community Leader Feb 12, 2020

there are scenarios where you can’t edit and publish the workflow directly. What you need to do is make a copy of the workflow, edit it then go back to workflows and add the new workflow to your list in that project. Then associate the new workflow with the issue types you desire.

I was affraid of that, any idea why? This is rather impractical and I'm having trouble understanding this functionality.

Jack Community Leader Feb 12, 2020

There's a long-standing bug on the inability to add a transition to statuses that don’t have an outgoing transition already. I don’t recall the ticket on this but it is discussed in several threads in the Community.

Thank you very much. Though this does confirm my fears that I'll have to go "the long way around". Fingers crossed nothing breaks when I reassociate the workflow. Thanks again! I do hope this will get fixed soon.

  • I came across same issue. But able to resolve this
  • there might be several unpublished changes in draft mode
  • due to which your new draft could not be publish (kind of bug)
  • you just need to Discard draft 
  • then View original 
  • come again to edit mode
  • apply your new changes and publish it
  • and you are done

This is really impractical. Basically anytime when we make a change to workflow we would have to create a copy. Will this bug be resolved? Because then we create multiple numbers of inactive workflows...

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