step id, linked status, transition id confusion? what does the number beside the transitions(id) men

hi all,

im new to JIRA Adminand im not clear about the differences in step name(id) and the number it has beside it. In a workflow , what does these transitions and number beside them represent. 

i think its the unique id that is being generated but im not able to understand why & how this id is unique if im using same transition across different workflow?


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A workflow is made of two basic things - steps and transitions.

Within a workflow,

  • Each step has a unique id.  It also has a 1:1 mandatory and exclusive relationship with a status, and for most intents and purposes, the step is synonymous with the status.
  • Each transition has a unique id as well.

These ids are unique only by type and location.  You will never have a workflow with two steps with the same id.  Similarly for transitions.

But you can have separate workflows with clashing step and transition ids.  Especially if you copy a workflow - you'll end up with an identical set of ids in the new workflow.  Which can then diverge as they're separate workflows now.

so, to answer your last question - the id is not unique because ids are only unique within their current workflow.  You aren't even using the "same" transition in both workflows.  The transition in workflow 1 might well have the same name, start, end, functions and ID as the same transition in workflow 2, but they are independent of each other.

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