I m using JIRA service, i have created backup xml from JIRA and would like to make sure that file is what i expect and is in good state, may i know if there is a way that i can create a test instance and import the backup file so that the import does not override the data?
You have answered your own question - "create a test instance and import the backup file"
The import will overwrite all the data in the test instance, but that's the whole point of a backup, it's supposed to recreate the system you backed up. You can download and install a standalone JIRA instance with which to test this though - do the import on an empty JIRA which you then discard because it's just a backup test.
Yes, but the JIRA downloads come with an internal file/memory based database. It's no good for production (it will fail, catastrophically, at some point after a while of use), but good enough to run an import to test.
Ideally, you should use the same database as the system you're trying to test, but a test that you can restore exported xml into any database is mostly good enough to prove the xml file is valid.
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