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Cloning an Issue in JIRA Tool in Testing

Posted by Shekhar Chauhan Articles | Testing November 22, 2012
In this article we discuss how to clone an issue in JIRA tool.
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"Cloning" allows a user to quickly create a clone of an issue inside the same project. The cloned issue is exactly a replica of the original issue. The cloned issue contains the same information as is in the original issue; e.g. Summary, Components, Affects Versions etc. The user can also link the cloned issue with the original issue using a clone link. Changes made to the original issue have no effect on the cloned issue and vice versa as the cloned issue is a separate entity. The only connection is a link (if created) between the original and the cloned issue.

How to clone an issue

  1. Click on the issue of which you want to make a clone.
  2. Click on the clone link under the More Actions dropdown.

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    The Clone window will open.

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    • The user can edit the cloned issue's Summary if he wants to.
    • If the issue has a sub-task, the user can select whether or not to include the sub-tasks in the new cloned issue.

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    • If the issue has an attachment, the user can select whether or not to include the attachments in the new cloned issue.
    • If the issue has links to other issues, the user can select whether or not to include the links (to other issues) in the new cloned issue.
  3. Click on the "Create" button.

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Cloned Issue Linking Behavior

By default, in JIRA when an issue is cloned, a link between the original and cloned issue will be automatically created using the pre-existing link type name "Cloners". Your JIRA system administrator can customize this default behavior by either changing the name of the link type or by preventing links from being created.

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