HowTo: Hide the Login Gadget from the System Dashboard in JIRA

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For some configurations of JIRA, the pre-logon System Dashboard is used as an Information Radiator to show gadget information without requiring a login. In this use case, the login gadget steals precious real estate and also throws off the whole look.

As this document includes customizations to JIRA, Atlassian does not support this procedure and publishes this information for reference only.

Preparing the jpm.xml

This procedure makes changes to mission-critical components of your JIRA. Be careful to make a backup copy prior to modifying any file.

  1. Navigate to <jira-install>/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/
  2. Make a backup copy of jpm.xml named jpm.bak
  3. Edit the jpm.xml file
    1. Find the following stanza:

  4. Change the value of <default-value>false</default-value> to <default-value>true</default-value>
  5. Change the value of <admin-editable>false</admin-editable> to <admin-editable>true</admin-editable>
  6. Change the value of <sysadmin-editable>false</sysadmin-editable> to <sysadmin-editable>true</sysadmin-editable>
  7. Save the file
Creating or Editing
  1. Navigate to <jira-home>
  2. Check for the presence of a file
    1. If it exists, back it up now.
    2. If not, create a new, blank text file with that name.
  3. Add this line to the end of the file:

  4. Save the file
  5. Restart JIRA to commit changes
Last modified on Aug 2, 2021

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