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Groovy Sript Runner - Working from console but not as post-function

Christian Barsch Oct 23, 2014

Hi Everybody,

I have a problem with a quite simple groovy script. The script shall remove all watchers from an issue after issue creation. I want to implement it as a post-function after the creation. The script runs fine from the Script Runner Console (with the commented line uncommented and the next one commented instead) but if I save it and append it to the create transission, I get a null pointer.

Here is the code:

import com.atlassian.jira.ComponentManager;
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.Issue;
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.MutableIssue;
import java.util.Locale;

def watcherManager = ComponentManager.getInstance().getWatcherManager();

//MutableIssue issue = componentManager.getIssueManager().getIssueObject("UMWCC-2");
Issue issue = issue;

List<ApplicationUser> watchers = watcherManager.getWatchers(issue,Locale.getDefault());
for (ApplicationUser user:watchers){

There is not even a StackTrace in the log. All there is is:

2014-10-23 19:23:42,898 http-bio-8080-exec-18 ERROR chris 1163x12866x1 135bdgr /secure/QuickCreateIssue.jspa [groovy.canned.utils.ConditionUtils] javax.script.ScriptException: java.lang.NullPointerException: Cannot invoke method contains() on null object


I tried a bit of debugging, using the

import org.apache.log4j.Category
def Category log = Category.getInstance("com.onresolve.jira.groovy.PostFunction")
log.debug "debug statements"

routine with some calls before and after the


But the loop seems to work well...


Can somebody help me here?




6 answers

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JamieA Oct 23, 2014

It's not your script that's causing a problem, it's something else on the workflow. Does this error go away if you don;t add your script to the workflow at all?

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Christian Barsch Oct 23, 2014

You are absolutly right! It looks like the problem is caused by a built-in Script Runner script, where I check an empty checkbox field for a containing value. I am not quite sure why this happens, but that's a different question. As well as my original problem, that is not solved yet. I hoped to work around the "reporter is a default watcher" with this script as a post-function after issue creation. Any idea why this does not work? Or should I open a seperate question for that?

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Christian Barsch Oct 23, 2014

OK, I found a way. It looks like the object type of "issue" is not adequate for the stopWatching-method. By replacing: Issue issue = issue; with MutableIssue issue = ComponentManager.getInstance().getIssueManager().getIssueObject(issue.getKey()); it works like expected. Thanks Jamie! And I would appriciate if you would explain the solution a bit more in depth.

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Barnali Putatunda May 15, 2016


I need to use this feature in one of my listener.

I have written the code like below:

MutableIssue issue = event.getIssue();

List<ApplicationUser> watchers = watcherManager.getWatchers(issue,Locale.getDefault());
log.debug("watchers all:" + watchers);
for (ApplicationUser user:watchers){
log.debug ("watcher to remove:" +user);

log.debug ("watcher after remove:" +watchers);



log output as below:

watchers all: [user1, user2, user3]

watcher to remove: user1

watcher after remove: [user1, user2, user3]

watcher to remove: user2

watcher after remove: [user1, user2, user3]

watcher to remove: user3

watcher after remove: [user1, user2, user3]


Can anyone please let me know if I am doing anything wrong

0 votes
JamieA May 15, 2016

you need to fetch the watchers again, it's not going to change the list that you created at the beginning.

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Barnali Putatunda May 16, 2016

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for the update. Can you please help me a bit further on how to fetch the watcher in the loop again & use that updated watcher list.



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