JIRA Software 7.8.x upgrade notes

Here are some important notes on upgrading to JIRA Software 7.8. For details of the new features and improvements in this release, see the JIRA Software 7.8 release notes

Upgrade notes

JIRA administrators

Problems with JIRA DVCS Plugin

JIRA Software 7.8.1 has an issue with the JIRA DVCS Plugin that lets you connect to Bitbucket or Github. We’re planning to ship the fix in the next bugfix release, JIRA Software 7.8.2. If you have already upgraded, read more about this issue and a workaround here: JSWSERVER-16509 - Getting issue details... STATUS


Oracle JDBC driver no longer bundled with JIRA

If you're using Oracle as the database, you'll need to download the driver from the Oracle website, and copy it to the /lib directory in the JIRA installation directory after the upgrade. 

The supported Oracle JDBC version is 12.2.0.1. For more info, see Connecting JIRA applications to Oracle.

If you’re upgrading JIRA Data Center with ZDU (zero downtime upgrades), copy the driver to your nodes before starting the upgraded JIRA instances. Starting JIRA without the new driver will result in an error until you replace the driver and restart.

Monitoring the quick search

We’ve added extra options to the new quick search to let JIRA admins limit the number of searches, and monitor how their users are searching in real-time. The quick search doesn’t affect performance in a significant way unless many users start searching at the same time.

If you notice any slowdown, start monitoring the searches to find a limit that works best for your instance. 

  • To monitor searching in real-time, use the quicksearch.concurrent.search metric in JMX. For more info, see Live monitoring with JMX.
  • To limit the number of searches, use the jira.quicksearch.max.concurrent.searches global setting. For more info, see Configuring advanced settings.

Plugin developers

There are no important changes in this release.

Upgrade procedure

Note: Upgrade to a test environment first. Test your upgrades in your test environment before rolling them into production.

If you're already running a version of JIRA, please follow these instructions to upgrade to the latest version:

  1. Before you upgrade, we strongly recommend that you back up your installation directory, home directory, and database.
  2. Read the release notes and upgrade notes for all releases between your version and the latest version.
  3. Download the latest version of JIRA.
  4. Follow the instructions in the Upgrade Guide.

Upgrading from earlier versions?

  • 7.0, or later
    Take a look at the upgrade matrix. It lists known issues you should be aware of when upgrading between multiple versions.
  • Earlier than 7.0
    Consult the Migration hub. The JIRA 7.0 release introduced significant changes. You must first upgrade to JIRA 7.0 before upgrading to later versions.
Last modified on Mar 28, 2018

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