JIRA's cyclical reference check is inconsistent/broken in JIRA > 4.3.x.

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-28834 is killing us.

We have well over a hundred filters that trigger this bug. These filters worked perfectly in JIRA 4.3.x just as described in the bug description. The filters DO NOT contain cyclical references, but the buggy detection code thinks they do.

The problem seems to be when 2 referenced filters reference the same filter. This isn't actually circular because the referenced filter doesn't actually reference anything that references it. And it's odd because composing the 2 filters manually works fine but saving the composition as a filter and referencing that does not work even though the latter should produce identical results.

Does anyone know of a simple work around for this? Does anyone know if Atlassian plans to fix this soon?

As the bug description says:

Create the following basic filters:
A: status=Closed
B: createdDate<= now() AND filter = A
C: filter = A and filter = B

In JIRA 4.0.1:

  • Searching for filter = A and filter = B works
  • Searching for filter=C also works.

In JIRA 4.4.5 (and JIRA 5.0.7):

  • Searching for filter = A and filter = B works
  • Searching for filter=C does not work, producing

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