searching for "-" give error: Unable to parse the text '-' for field '.

Hey

Im trying to search for "-" in a custom text field. But this just resolves in a error:

Search: <custom text field> ~ "-"

Result: Unable to parse the text '-' for field '<custom text field>.


Can anyone help me. Th eproblem is that this is a mandotory field. But sometimes users just put "-".
I now want to find these issues.

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Yew Teck En Atlassian Team Jun 05, 2013

"-" is a special character and you would need to escape it using a backslash. You can try the search with "\-" instead.

For more information, you can refer to this section of documentation: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Performing+Text+Searches#PerformingTextSearches-Escapingspecialcharacters:\or\\

"\-" gives me this error:

Error in the JQL Query: '\-' is an illegal JQL escape sequence. The valid escape sequences are \', \", \t, \n, \r, \\, '\ ' and \uXXXX. (line 1, character 26)

Per the documentation that was linked to, when doing advanced search you need to use two slashes, i.e. column ~ "\\-"

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