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How to Activate Header Row for Subtask List in Issue Detail View

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From <jira-install>/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/velocity.properties:

  1. Change class.resource.loader.cache from true to false
  2. Uncomment (remove the # sign from) #velocimacro.library.autoreload=true

Keep in mind that the next time you upgrade JIRA – or need a new installation for any reason – you will have to manually copy any changes you have made to the JSPs or tempates into the new installation of JIRA. If the JSPs or templates have changed in the newer version, you will have to port your customization into them.

Some times it is nice to display the header row when viewing a list of sub-tasks in the Issue Detail view. There was a post about this in our forum community: http://forums.atlassian.com/thread.jspa?threadID=27500.

In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to modify <install directory>/atlassian-jira/includes/panels/issue/view_subtaskissues.jsp. Then implement the following method. setDisplayHeader as follows:

Restart JIRA for the change to take effect.

(warning) this is not applicable for JIRA version 4.4 and above as the view_subtaskissues.jsp file no longer exist

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9 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    Markus Lepper

    Hi Atlassian,

    Is there any solution for the posted problem (see forum) of equally-wide-and-space-wasting-columns when avtivating the column headers?


    07 Jul 2011
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    I've upgraded to v4.4.1 and the file view_subtaskissues.jsp no longer exists.  How can the sub-task header row be shown in v4.4.1 onwards?


    10 Oct 2011
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    David Pezet

    I also have upgraded to 4.4.1 and do not have the view_subtaskissues.jsp . Please update instructions for current versions. Thank you!

    28 Oct 2011
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      Andrei Kleshchanka

      Hey, Guys! May all the same someone tells how to realize it in JIRA5???
      Thanks advance...

      27 Aug 2012
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    Same problem for v4.4.4, the file view_subtaskissues.jsp no longer exists.


    10 Jan 2013
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    Leo Dopson

    How would you do it for 4.4 and above?

    15 Mar 2013
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    How do you do this for JIRA 4.4 and above please?


    08 Apr 2013
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    Markus Lepper

    Unfortunately I don't think Atlassian will respond as the first related question already has been posted in Oct 2011.

    08 Apr 2013
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    Urech Daniel

    Answer from Atlassian Support:

    Janet Albion [Atlassian] hat einen Kommentar hinzugefügt - 10/Jan/13 9:11 AM

    Hi Daniel,

    First, we would like to note that Atlassian Support only provide support in English

    Based on the translation courtesy of Google, it seems that you would like have the Subtask's header as per discussed in https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/How+to+Activate+Header+Row+for+Subtask+List+in+Issue+Detail+View

    We have check this locally and found out that the guide no longer relevant for newer JIRA as the JSP file has been deprecated.

    We also checked in our internal system and not able to find workaround to make the header visible in the View Issue Screen. Since this is involving customising JIRA, we would recommend you to create a thread in https://answers.atlassian.com so that our community users would be able to share their idea with you. Alternatively, if you would like to get professional assistance on achieving this requirement, let us know so that we can recommend you partner that is ready to assist with fee.

    Let us know if you have any other query.


    08 Apr 2013
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