When I create a new Epic in JIRA there is a drop down for Linked issues and I can not find information anywhere on what those options do depending on what you select. I am attaching a screen shot for further clarity in the hopes someone can tell me what each option does.
There is no behavior specific to them out of the box. They are simply descriptive links that allow you to arbitrarily link issues together.
You may search these issuelinks and certain plugins offer enhanced functionality for them.
For instance, I create fields like Feature Link, similar to Epic Link. I link inputted issues via a custom "Feature-Story Link" that I created. Finally, I display select child issue details on the Feature type. This is all similar to how the Epic type works.
I was less than clear.
Links offer a visual panel on both sides of the issue indicating the issue details and type/direction of the link.
Additionally, you can arbitrarily query 'issue in linkedIssues(JRA-123, "is blocked by")' to be returned a list of blocked issues.
My only intention with my previous comment was to state that the issuelinks are easily extendable to other business processes.
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