Why does importing fail with "Illegal group reference" error?

We're trying to upgrade our Jira (6.0.1) to the latest version (6.2.2) and we keep getting the error "No group named {version}". After some troubleshooting, it seems that the exported xml file (entities.xml) contain free text fields (like issue descriptions) containing the character '$' that are interpreted by the importer as "group references".

This seems to be a known (?) bug that is supposed to have been fixed in an earlier version of Jira, so I think that we have missed something in the exporting process.

We're using MySQL 5.6.10 as database backend.

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Hello Martin,

We have a documentation page regarding this problem:


Could you take a look at the resolution suggested?

Benito Picarelli

The problem was twofold.

1. Some user names contained '$' characters. These users had to be removed. It didn't work to just remove the '$' signs as this resulted in duplicate users (we're using a very large AD directory)

2. Other text data (summaries, descriptions, comments etc.) also contained '$' characters that had to be removed before importing was successful.

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