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Backup when project admin changes workflow

Jacques Jan 23, 2018


We're currently working with Jira Software 7.5.0 and love the additional features that were given to project administrators. As from now they can edit their own project workflows.

HOWEVER, I have seen that when you edit a workflow within the project (either as project admin or system admin) Jira does not create a backup when you save a new version of the workflow.

Has anyone experienced the same? Is there a way to force Jira to create backup when editing a workflow as project administrator? (remember that project admins do not have system admin access).

--- Jacques.

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Alexey Matveev [cPrime] Community Leader Jan 23, 2018


When you edit a workflow a draft is created and you work with the draft. When you publish the draft Jira asks if you want to save a backup copy. If you say yes, then a copy of your current published workflow will be created and you can use the copy later for rolling back the changes.

Jacques Jan 23, 2018

Hello Alexey,

What you say is true if you're editing the workflow from the admin / issues / workflow page.

This is not the case when you go to your project / workflows and edit it from there. Even doing this as a system admin you will see that Jira will not suggest to make a backup.

Please give it a try in a Jira 7.5.0 instance you have access to and let me know ;)

--- Jacques.

Jacques Jan 23, 2018

When editing a workflow within the project context, the only entry you will see in atlassian-jira.log is something like:

2018-01-23 09:27:15,819 http-nio-8080-exec-12 INFO JACQUES 567x153371x1 ssxc4c, /rest/workflowDesigner/latest/workflows/publishDraft [c.a.jira.workflow.OSWorkflowManager] User 'JACQUES(jacques)' updated workflow 'Software Simplified Workflow for Project CUS' at 'Tue Jan 23 09:27:15 GMT 2018'

There is no mentioning of creating a backup... nor can a backup be found in the inactive list of workflows. 

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