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Copy information from Epic to linked issue


I'm trying to create the following automation rule:

When an Epic is created, the information for the custom fields ("company" or "customer" for example) are filled in. When a task with subtasks is then linked to the epic, I want the automation to copy the information from the custom fields in the epic into the custom fields of the related tasks and subtasks (they have the same custom fields). 

I already tried some different rules but none of them worked so far so I would be grateful if somebody could tell me how to change the rule. 

Kind regards,


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John Funk Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Hi Pauline,

You are close, but click on the words Current Issue in each of your fields, and then change it to Trigger Issue instead of Current Issue. 

Hi @John Funk 

thank you very much for your answer, I tried it out and it works perfectly now. it's fantastic!! 

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John Funk Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Great! Glad I could help. 


my automation suddenly doesn't work anymore and I absolutely don't understand why because I changed nothing on it. Here's what the audit log says: 

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Do you have an idea what could be the reason for it? 


Kind regards, 


John Funk Community Leader Sep 09, 2022

Can you post the rule as it exists now  - maybe showing the expanded Condition that is failing? 

Yes, for sure. You'll find the screenshots down below. 

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John Funk Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

And both issues are Epics? 

No, one issue is an epic and the other one is a task (with subtasks) and the task is linked to the epic.

John Funk Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

which is which?

green box (Issue linked): Epic 

blue box (Then: Edit issue fields): Task 

Was that your question?

John Funk Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

No, what is the key for the Epic? LAB-2804 or LAB-2803?

Sorry! LAB-2804 is the Task 

John Funk Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

Thought so - that's the problem. You have a condition that is checking to see if it is an Epic. 2804 is not, so the rule execution stops there. If you reverse the order, it might work. 

Oh okay, now I see the problem. Which elements do I have to reverse? 

John Funk Community Leader Sep 13, 2022

The source and the destination.

Ok, I changed the order and tried several other options but the audit log says still that there's a problem with the task (doesn't match the condition). 

John Funk Community Leader Sep 13, 2022

Okay, I think I misunderstood at first. You are linking a task to an Epic, which should fire this - correct? Why are you doing it via linked issues and not the Epic Link? (Also, what type of project is this? )

Yes, that's right. I first create an epic and then I link a task to it and to save time I want the automation to fill in the custom fields of the task with the same information of the linked Epic (which has the same custom fields). 

Is there an "epic link" option?

The project is used to organize a huge medical lab.  

John Funk Community Leader Sep 13, 2022

What type of project are you using? Team-managed? Company-managed? Jira Work Management? 

Jira Work Managment

I just found out that the automation works when I link an issue by clicking "+ create linked issue" but when I use the "search for issues" function to link an issue, it doesn't work. Do you know why this is the case? 


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John Funk Community Leader Sep 14, 2022

Well, that's just weird. It should process the same way, I would think. Maybe it considers one to be the source and the other to be the destination based on which one you choose. Seems like a bug of inconsistency. I would actually report that to Atlassian. 

Ok, maybe we can work with the automation like it is now as well. 

Thank you very much for your efforts and your time so far! 

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