We don't want to include the summary in release notes and don't want to add a custom field for release notes (unless there is some way to automatically populate it with SVN check in comments via Fisheye). The developers love using smart commits. They will not be happy to have to reenter their checkin comments and/or be forced to resolve issues using JIRA only.
I have read the documentation on creating custom release notes templates, but didn't see anything related to this.
PDF View Plugin for JIRA allows you rendering custom release notes documents, and it can also execute Groovy script during the document generation. That means, that any information that can be accessed programatically, can be included in the release documents.
In your case I'd build this:
As an alternative for 2, you may want to try using the Subversion Plugin. As that runs in the same JVM as the PDF View Plugin, you may be able to access commit information using plain vanilla local Java method calls.
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