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How to get a list of sub-tasks based on a list of parent ids/key

I'm trying to figure out how to get a list of sub-tasks given a list of parent ids or keys and the sub-task summary contains certain text.

Each top level issue has a number of sub-tasks.  Each sub-task summary follows a specific naming convention and part of the summary text is the same for each sub-task of each issue.  I'm trying to generate a list of sub-tasks so that I can do a bulk change like setting the FixVersion.

Here is a sample idea using a SQL query

select sub-task where sub-task.parentID in ("xyz1","xyz2","xyz3") and sub-task.summary constains "text substring"

So far I've gotten the following JQL that executes with no errors, but also not getting any results.

project = XYZ AND issuetype = Sub-task AND issueFunction in parentsOf("Key=XYZ")

2 answers

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Jack Community Leader Oct 25, 2019

you mention "given a list of parent ids" so am assuming it is a static list. if so, what about something like this....

issuetype=Sub-task and summary ~"this-text" and parent in (xyz-34, xyz-39, ...)

I could have sworn I tried that.  It works.  Thanks!

Hi Omar,

As Jack already suggested, given a static list of parent IDs you must use parent field in combination with issuetype and summary fields to retrieve the desired subtask issues.


In addition to this suggestion, in case you want to retrieve subtask issues matching an specific summary but in a list of dynamic parents you must go for a third-party app.

i.e. using JQL Booster Pack (FREE) you query will look like:

Retrieve any subtasks containing "this-text" in the summary directly created under unresolved Stories of project EMEA


summary ~ "this-text" AND issue IN subtasksOf('project = EMEA AND type = Story AND resolution IS EMPTY')


That's pretty the same you already typed however you used parentsOf() function which seems to be incorrect.


Kind Regards

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