This plugin integrates Atlassian JIRA to Jenkins.
First, you need to go to Jenkins' system config screen to tell Jenkins where's your JIRA. This plugin has an optional feature to update JIRA issues with a back pointer to Jenkins build pages. This allows the submitter and watchers to quickly find out which build they need to pick up to get the fix. If you also want to use this feature, you need to supply a valid user id/password. If you need the comment only to be visible to a certain JIRA group, e.g. Software Development, enter the groupname.
By taking advantages of Jenkins' fingerprint feature, when your other projects that depend on this project pick up a build with a fix, those build numbers can also be recorded in JIRA. This is quite handy when a bug is fixed in one of the libraries, yet the submitter wants a fix in a different project. This happens often in my work, where a bug is reported against JAX-WS but the fix is in JAXB.
To reference Jira Release versions in your build, you can pull these releases directly from JIRA by adding the JIRA Release Version Parameter
You can also generate release notes to be used during your build. These notes can be retrieved from an environment variable. See the Maven Project Plugin for the environment variables found within the POM.
After your build has run, you can also have the plugin mark a release as resolved. This typically will be a release you specified in your Build Parameters.
The plugin can also move certain issues matching a JQL query to a new release version.
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