Whats the JIRA JQL to find issues containing strings in a path Edited

Here's a simple example - I have two JIRA issues, first contains "/path2/file", second contains "path2" without /. If I use this JQL: "text ~ path2", then only the second issue shows up in search results. (Note quotes are not actually part of issues or JQL).

Is there a setting I can change or a different JQL I can use to get the first issue to show up in search results?

Note I'm using a local install of the latest JIRA, 7.4.4, and I also explicitly reindexed JIRA and it made no difference.

UPDATE:  if search term is only letters, it actually works - search results contain issues with that term when part of a folder/path/directory.  So problem is just search terms that have letters and numbers.

Update Sept 12 - did thorough test:

T1 issue contains in description "path2"
T2 issue contains in description "path2/file"
T3 issue contains in description "/path2/file"
T4 issue contains in description "/long/path2/file"
T5 issue contains in description "path"
T6 issue contains in description "path/file"
T7 issue contains in description "/path/file"
T8 issue contains in description "/long/path/file"
T9 issue contains in description "/long2/path2/file"

Issues appearing on JIRA 7.5.0 server (not cloud):

T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 JQL
             5  6  7  8    text ~ "path"
 1                         text ~ "path?"
 1  2  3     5  6  7  8    text ~ "path*"
 1                         text ~ "path2"
                           text ~ "path2?"
 1  2  3                   text ~ "path2*"

Summary - T4, T9 never found. 
T8 found, so text ~ "path*" will match /long/path/file

Conclusion: the directory delimiter / is a word break (like whitespace) 
only when letters are used (T8), not when letters and numbers (T4, T9).


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Warren Levy Community Champion Sep 08, 2017

Hi Chad

Add a wildcard (either ? or *) and it should work, so :

text ~ "path2*"

Hope it works


Hmm .. I tried this and it didn't work for me.  Did it work for you?

Warren Levy Community Champion Sep 11, 2017

Yes ... and no. I've created 2 issues, one with a description of path2 and one with a description of /path2/file, as per your example.

Searching for text ~ path2 only returns 1 issue, as you have.

Searching for text ~ "path2" also returns 1 issue (not the added quotes)

Searching for text ~ "path2?" returns 0 issues

Searching for text ~ path2* results in an error

BUT ... searching for text ~ "path2*" returns 2 issues

Try adding quotes around your search string with an appended *

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