My Custom (numeric) Field, "Change ID" now needs to store text as well as numbers. I don't believe i can change the currentl logic and was therefore going to create a new custom field. However, I'm not seeing within the current list of Cumstom Fields in JIRA 6.2 where this fuctionality is available. Please advise.
You need to create a custom field *type* in a plugin.
Numeric field is one type of custom field, as is text, select, multi-select and so-on. You need to write a plugin that will provide "number or text" type field
However, the mixed data type really isn't supported in Jira's back end - it kind of expects you to have one type of data, so you can't really use the standard API calls, you'll need to write your own. Or just store the information as a string irrespective of type.
Or, just use a string, as that can store numbers or text already.
I've just thought again.
You've got a compounded problem here. Whether you swap to a simple text field or write a new field, you are not going to be able to change the type of the existing field. You can add a new field of the new type, but you'll need to migrate your data into it.
You can change field types in the database, if you are very very careful (proven backups, Jira offline, reindexing afterwards), but this could be a bit of a trek because number fields are stored in one way and moving to a string or whatever structure you write is probably going to require data migration.
What about the existing values in the customfield ? you will need to migrate those values to the new customfield. refer this doc
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