How do I export the attachments associated with the projects using the XML project export/import tool. I heard it requires a soap call - can anyone advise on how to do this?
If you're running on-premisis Jira, the easiest thing to do is copy the flat files from disk directly. They are located in $JIRA_HOME/data/attachments (or %JIRA_HOME%\data\attachments on Windows) by default. You can look in "System Information" in the admin panel to find the location for sure. In order to do a full restore, simply dump the attachment directory structure into the same location on your destination host and import the XML. If you're doing a project import, copy the Project key directory from your attachments backup and dump it in $JIRA_HOME/import/attachments and point Project Import at your XML file.
If you're trying to get them to have their original file names, you will need to either do something in the API or write a SQL script to provide the name of the file on disk and it's original name, then rename the flat file back to it's original name. Filenames are obfuscated on disk with modern versions of Jira.
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