JIRA 5.0.3 Release Notes

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23 April 2012

The Atlassian JIRA team announces the release of JIRA 5.0.3. This point release contains several updates and fixes.

Features and improvements in JIRA 5.0.3:

Upgrading to JIRA 5.0.3 is free to all customers with active JIRA software maintenance.

Upgrading from a previous version of JIRA

If you are upgrading, please read the JIRA 5.0.3 Upgrade Notes.

Invite users

If you're faced with the task of creating multiple users in your JIRA instance, you'll be happy to know that JIRA now includes the new Invite Users feature. This feature lets you email invitations that allow people to sign up to your JIRA instance. You just need a list of email addresses and a single click of a button.

'Autowatch' issues you create or comment on

A JIRA user who either creates a new issue or comments on an existing issue, will automatically become a watcher of that issue.

This feature applies to all new and existing JIRA users in a new (or upgraded) JIRA 5.0.3 installation.

JIRA users can easily disable this feature through their user profile by choosing Disabled for their Autowatch option when editing the Preferences section of their user profile.

Other improvements

Automatically suggested project keys

When creating a new project, the Add a new project dialog box now suggests a project Key based on the Name you specify.

Notify on my actions now disabled by default

By default, any new JIRA users will no longer be automatically notified of their own actions.

Individual users can change this option through their user profile by choosing Notify me for their My Changes option when editing the Preferences section of their user profile.

Better performance when mentioning users on issues

You should now see significant performance improvements when mentioning other JIRA users in an issue's Description or Comment field.

Character limits on issue fields can now be imposed

JIRA system administrators can now specify a character limit across description, environment and comment fields. Hence, when an issue is created, edited or commented on, if the content in one of these three field types exceeds this character limit, the user will not be able to save the issue or their comment until the character limit of the field is reduced below the limit.

This character limit is specified through the jira.text.field.character.limit property, which can be accessed through the Advanced Settings page in the JIRA administration area. Specifying a value of 0 (i.e. zero, which is the default value) for this property disables this feature.

New database monitoring page for JIRA system administrators

To help diagnose performance problems in JIRA associated with database connectivity, JIRA system administrators now have access to the new Database Monitoring page, which shows a graphical representation of JIRA's database connection usage over time.

JIRA system administrators can access this page by selecting Administration > System > Monitoring which opens the Database Monitoring page below.

(tick) Keyboard Shortcut: g + g + start typing monitoring

Don't have JIRA 5.0 yet?

Take a look at all the new features in the JIRA 5.0 Release Notes and see what you are missing out on!

Updates and fixes in this release

JIRA 5.0.3 includes the following updates and bug fixes:

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