I was wondering; I have a set of issue results from a filter. 2 days from now the filter will return different results. Is there a way to take the current results and autocreate a filter link that will bring up those same issues no matter when the filter is clicked on? So essentially turning issuecreated >= -4h into something like "issuekey is in (XX-5, xx-6, xx-7, xx-8)"?
I don't know of a way to achieve this. Because JIRA filters could be max. 2000 characters long (since 6.x) it could be problematic, even if one have a method or script for such a feature.
One way I could think of is to create a custom field "static filter", filter the issues and fill the static filter custom field with a unique value through a bulk edit operation. The static filter field could be used later to reproduce the filter result.
I guess I'm not describing this well. Here's what I did as a workaround:
I know there's probably a much more efficient way of even hacking this, but is there a way in JIRA to really do this conveniently?
Yes, I think it's pretty clear for me what you want. I see no changes to my answer above.
If your keys are at an average of 7 characters long and you use "key in ()" you could get at maximum (2000 - 9 (static text))/(7+1 (Komma)) = 248 issues in this static filter. And I don't know a way to get to this query in a conventional way.
But you could try my suggestion to achieve this without any issue limit.
If your query uses only Assignee, Fix Version, Priority, Reporter, Resolution and Status, then you can use the WAS operator to create a query that will always report the same issues, e.g.
status was "In Progress" ON '2015-10-12 11:00'
Sometimes I'll also risk adding in typically static fields, like type or project
project = INT AND type = story AND status was "In Progress" ON '2015-10-12 11:00'
...and that gets a query that can come back with different issues but is unlikely to.
Otherwise, I have found no way more efficient than your spreadsheet-based hack. Occasionally I turn off all the columns except Key and then copy-paste that list into a text editor and replace newlines with ', ' instead of using excel, but that's pretty much just as convoluted.
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