For linking, you need not go via the bulk action. Instead, open that one single issue, select 'Link Issue' from More Actions and paste all the 100+ issue keys in that edit box and submit.
In order to quickly get you that 100+ issues as one text field, you could export that list from Jira to excel, copy the issue-link column, paste in a good text editor and replace newline with comma.
It does not seem to work with commas anymore, but it works fine if you have spaces.
If your issues are visible in an Agile Board you can select them and use the context menu to see them in the Issue Navigator. If you do this, you will get a query of the form "issueKey in (...)". Thus you have a comma separated lists of the issue keys and you just need to remove the comma.
I had the same problem with line spaces etc, nothing worked, then I copied from Excel or Text editor, pasted them in and then clicked out of the box, for example reselecting link type, and then all the pasted issues appeared as separate issues, not necessary to change line feeds or anything to commas and the likes.
Here's my solution...
Using Jira Cloud...
You can add to the end of your query a condition for "and not already linked" using the linkedIssues function:
[query for issues you want to link] and Issue not in linkedIssues([key for issue you are linking to])
You can run that repeatedly to link 10 at a time.
This is the best solution imho. I cannot easily convert jql results to issue keys with spaces, but I can query for everything I want to link. If someone has a way to generate keys with spaces easily then possibly the accepted solution would be more useful.
I tried following your instructions but it didn't get me anywhere. Whenever I tried pasting 87 issues as a comma separated string it would br parsed as a one issue and would not work.
What you have to do is paste is with the newline in it - do not replace with comma..
I'm on Jira 5.2.7
i can click "search issue" - but if i wanna go to the advanced search, there is a notice, that the auto complete is loading, and then the pop-up closes. so i can't do anythin.
By using this free plugin I made (Easy Links for JIRA) you can create a custom field that represents an issue link type (for example: "is blocked by"). This custom field looks like a dropdown issue select list that autocompletes as you type in but, when you set the value, the plugin will create behind the scenes a regular JIRA issue link using that value. You can use this plugin in bulk edition (so you can bulk create and/or remove issue links).
It also gives you other features, like using the "Link" custom field in gadgets, dashboards and JQL.
Hope it helps!
You can link 50 issues at a time by opening the parent issue in edit. Scroll down to the link and click the + sign. If you searched for the issues and have the list on screen prior to editing the parent issue, select the recent issues radio button, or you can select from filter radio button in the pop-up dialogue box. Select the individual issues or click the select multiple issue button at the top of the screen. Check off those to link to the parent issue. Shift-click for the whole list will work. Scroll to the bottom and link.
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