skip to navigation
skip to content

jirafs 0.5

Edit Jira issues as text files locally.

Latest Version: 1.17.1


Pronounced like 'giraffes', but totally unrelated to wildlife, this
library lets you stay out of JIRA as much as possible by letting
you edit your JIRA issues locally.

Getting Started

Installing the library

I recommend installing the program using ``pip`` while in a Python 3
virtualenv; you can install using ``pip`` by running::

pip install jirafs

After the library successfully installs, you'll have access to the ``jirafs``
command that you can use for both downloading assets and files from JIRA
as well as updating issues and adding comments.

Cloning a few issues

You'll need to have a local copy of the JIRA issues you'd like to edit
before you can update the contents of issues, so you will wand to find
a place that you can "clone" (create a text-file based copy of) the
issue you're concerned about, then run the following (replacing
``MYISSUE-1024`` with the issue number you are concerned about)::

jirafs clone MYISSUE-1024

The first time you run this command, it will ask you for a series of details
that it will use for communicating with JIRA; don't worry: although all of this
information will be stored in plaintext at ``~/.jirafs_config``, Jirafs will
not store your password unless you give it permission to do so.

Once the command runs successfully, it will create a new folder named after
the issue you've cloned, and inside that folder it will place a series of
text files and copies of all assets currently attached to the issue in JIRA.

The following text files are created:

* ``fields.jira.rst``: This file will show all currently-set field values
for this JIRA issue (except fields written to their own files, including
description). You *can* change field values here by editing the
field values displayed here, but this functionality has only been tested
for fields storing text data.
* ``description.jira.rst``: This file will show the issue's current
description. You *can* change the issue's description by editing
the contents of this file.
* ``comments.read_only.jira.rst``: This file shows all comments currently
posted to this issue. Note that you cannot edit the comments in this file.
* ``new_comment.jira.rst``: This file should be empty right now, but if you
would like to add a new comment, simply enter some text into this field.

In order to update any of the above data or upload an asset, either
make the change to a field in ``fields.jira.rst``, the issue's description
in ``description.jira.rst``, write a comment into ``new_comment.jira.rst``,
or copy a new asset into this folder, then run::

jirafs sync

from within the folder ``jirafs`` created earlier. Running this command
will do the following things:

* Upload any assets in your folder that are not currently attached to this
JIRA issue.
* Download any assets that are currently attached to this JIRA issue, but are
not stored locally.
* Update the JIRA issue to reflect any changes to ``fields.jira.rst`` that
you have made.
* If you entered text into the ``new_comment.jira.rst`` file it will post
a new comment to the JIRA issue using the text you entered.
* Update ``comments.read_only.jira.rst`` to show any comments that are now
associated with this JIRA issue.

Since there are quite a lot of things going on there, and you might want to
get an idea of what is about to happen, you can list all of the pending
changes by running::

jirafs status

Please consider the above to be just a simple overview -- there are a
variety of other commands you can run to have finer-grained control
over how the issue folder is synchronized with JIRA; see `Commands`_
for more details.


Settings affecting all issues are set in the following files:

* ``~/.jirafs_config``: Global configuration values affecting all issues.
* ``~/.jirafs_ignore``: Global list of patterns to ignore when looking through
issue directories for files to upload to JIRA. See `Ignore File Format`_
for details.
* ``~/.jirafs_remote_ignore``: A list of patterns to ignore when looking
through files attached to a JIRA issue. Files matching any of these
patterns will not be downloaded. See `Ignore File Format`_ for details.

You may also add any of the below files into any issue directory (in this
example, ``MYISSUE-1024``):

* ``MYISSUE-1024/.jirafs_ignore``: A list of patterns to ignore when looking
through this specific issue directory. This list of patterns is in
addition to patterns entered into ``~/.jirafs_ignore`` above. See
`Ignore File Format`_ for details.
* ``MYISSUE-1024/.jirafs_remote_ignore``: A list of patterns to ignore
when looking through files attached to this specific JIRA issue. Files
matching any of these patterns will not be downloaded. These patterns
are in addition to the patterns entered into ``~/.jirafs_remote_ignore``
above. See `Ignore File Format`_ for details.


.. note::

Commands marked with an asterisk can be ran from either an issue
folder, or from within a folder containing many issue folders.

In the latter case, the command will be ran for every subordinate
issue folder.

``clone MYISSUE-1024``

Create a new issue folder for ``MYISSUE-1024`` (replace ``MYISSUE-1024`` with
an actual JIRA issue number), and download any assets attached to said issue.

``sync`` *

From within an issue folder, synchronizes the issue with JIRA.

Internally, this command first runs ``jirafs push`` followed by
a ``jirafs pull``.

``pull`` *

From within an issue folder, fetches remote changes from JIRA and applies
the remote changes to your local copy.

``push`` *

From within an issue folder, discovers any local changes, and pushes your
local changes to JIRA.

``open`` *

From within an issue folder, opens the current JIRA issue in your


From within a folder named after an issue, converts the existing
folder into a Jirafs issue folder. This can be useful if you have
already been storing issue-specific files on your filesystem.

``status`` *

From within an issue folder, will report any changes that would take place
were you to run ``jirafs sync``.


From within an issue folder, will display any local changes that you have


From within an issue folder, will print out the log file recording actions
Jirafs has performed for this ticket folder.


From within an issue folder, will provide direct access to this issue folder's
internal git repository. This interface is not intended for non-developer
use; please make sure you know what you're doing before performing git
operations directly.

Interesting Details

Ignore File Format

The files ``.jirafs_ignore`` and ``.jirafs_remote_ignore`` use a subset
of the globbing functionality supported by ``git``'s ``gitignore`` file
syntax. Specifically, you can have comments, blank lines, and
globbing patterns of files that you would not like to upload.

For example, if you'd like to ignore files having a ``.diff`` extension,
and would like to add a comment indicating why those are ignored, you
could enter the following into any ``*_ignore`` file::

# Hide diffs I've generated for posting to reviewboard

Directory Structure

Each issue folder includes a hidden folder named ``.jirafs`` that
stores metadata used by Jirafs for this issue. There may be
many things in this folder, but two highlights include the following

* ``git``: The issue folder is tracked by a git repository to enable
future features, provide for a way of easily rolling-back or reviewing
an issue's previous state.
* ``operation.log``: This file logs all operations engaged in on this
specific issue folder. You can review this log to see what ``jirafs``
has done in the past.
File Type Py Version Uploaded on Size
jirafs-0.5.tar.gz (md5) Source 2014-07-08 10KB