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How to prefill a subtask field with info from parent

George Carvill Oct 18, 2012

If memory serves -- and I could be mistaken -- I thought I once had things set so that when I created a subtask the contents of the parent's description field was placed into the subtask's description field.

I can do that now, but you don't see the field's contents until after the subtask is officially created.

I want to see the field filled in on the initial creation screen.

Any ideas?

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George Carvill Nov 04, 2012

Figured out a kudgy way:

Copy subtask 'Description' to temp field.

Copy parent 'Description' -- goes into subtask 'Description'

Copy the (new) subtask 'Description' to the subtask field where you really want it

Copy the temp field back to subtask 'Description'

But all I really want is a way to put various Parent fields on the Subtask screen.

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Chin Kim Loong Atlassian Team Oct 25, 2012

Hi George,

If I understood correctly, you want to have subtask custom field display in your parent issue?

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George Carvill Oct 25, 2012

No. Other way around.

I want the text in the parent's 'Description' field to be written into the subtask's 'Description' field on the screen when the user first sees the subtask.

I can already copy the text to the field with a post task, but not until the subtask is saved the first time. I want the text in the field the first time the user sees it so s/he can edit the text as appropriate for the subtask.

The best I can do is to take the description off the screen and thus force the user to create the subtask and then re-open it for editing ... which is too much trouble for the user.

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Natalie Hobson Nov 05, 2012

You can use post function "Set Field Value from parent" on the create step, but I don't think it's possible to see the copied value on the create screen itself - because this is a post-function it's not going to occur until you've completed the step. I'm not sure how you would have configured it previously to display on the create screen?

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Andreas Knecht Community Leader Nov 21, 2016

There's now a very easy to configure way to keep fields for parents and sub-tasks in sync using Automation for JIRA!

You can easily modify related issues (such as parents, stories, sub-tasks, epics, linked issues and even JQL) using our related issues action and condition:

(this example updates the description, but pretty much any field can be edited)

For more details see

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