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Allows you to quickly select and prepend JIRA issues to git commit messages

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Jira Issue Selector

A little utility for automatically selecting and prepending JIRA Cloud Issue keys to git commit messages.


Just run: pip3 install JiraIssueSelector (or download and use one of the releases from the GitHub repo)

NB: This program requires Python 3.0 or later, compiled with Curses support.


The Issue Selector needs to be configured globally, once; and then again one time for every project.

  • To configure it globally type: git jira config global

  • To configure it locally type (while in a git repository): git jira config local

If these files are not found by default, the program will automatically generate them and prompt you to edit them. This only happens on first-run. The Global configuration is applied every time the program is run, whereas the Local configuration is specific to the git repo and branch you're currently in.

The program stores all configuration and cache files in $HOME/.config/jira_issue_selector. Cache files are updated every time the user invokes the script with the -u flag, updates a configuration file, or the time specified in the Refresh Interval field from a configuration file has passed since the program was last run.

When creating new branches in a project you might not want to fill in the local config every time; in this case use the git jira config copy command to enter an interactive selection UI to copy/use an older config from another branch (or even project)

NB: Configuration files are loaded in the following order: Global -> Local -> Additional config specified by the user


Git Wrapper

usage: git jira [config global|local|copy] [help] [commit]

optional arguments:
  [commit] Run the issue-selector, then pass the selected issue to 'git commit'
  [config] same as the -e flag below. Note: Pass 'copy' to initiate the interactive config copying dialogue
  [help] same as the -h flag below

Original Python Function

usage: [-h] [-n num_results_to_show] [-c path_to_config_file]
                   [-cc] [-u] [-e [global|local]] [-d] [-nc]
                   [-m COMMIT_MESSAGE] [-i issue_file_to_write_to]

A JIRA issue selector for git messages

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -n num_results_to_show, --num-results num_results_to_show
                        The number of results to show on screen (default:
  -c path_to_config_file, --extra-config-path path_to_config_file
                        An extra config file to load. (default: None)
  -cc, --copy-config    Allows you to interactively select a pre-existing
                        config for the current local config. E.g. use this if
                        you want to copy the same config from another branch.
                        This overwrites the current config (default: False)
  -u, --update-cache    Update the issue cache. This happens automatically
                        according to the config (usually), but can be manually
                        controlled from here. (default: False)
  -e [global|local], --edit-conf [global|local]
                        Edit a configuration file. Valid options are global or
                        local. The $EDITOR shell variable must be set for this
                        (default: )
  -d, --dry-run         Does not save anything to the disk (cache or
                        otherwise) (default: False)
  -nc, --no-cache       Disables reading and writing to the cache (default:
  -m COMMIT_MESSAGE, --commit-message COMMIT_MESSAGE
                        A message to automatically append to the key. (think
                        `git commit -m`) (default: None)
  -i issue_file_to_write_to, --issue-file issue_file_to_write_to
                        The issue selected by the user will be written to this
                        file, if passed. Use this to actually receive the
                        output of the program. I recommend using mktemp to
                        generate this file path. (default: )


I'm getting an ImportError: No module named '_curses' error

Note: This will most likely happen if you're using your own compiled version of Python.

Your version of python wasn't compiled with curses support. This is odd, as most distros tend to ship with it. A solution is to install the curses library and its development headers (libncurses5-dev and maybe libncursesw5-dev on Ubuntu), then compile a new version of python.

...or you could try to find a packaged version of Python compiled with curses. Up to you. I'd recommend the former on machines that don't support it.

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