Support issue relations when importing issues
|Target version:||Candidate for next major release|
As promised in #22701, I now would like to propose a patch, which adds handling of issue relations to the CSV importer.
The attached patch extends the import configuration view with a new block, so that users may select a column for each relation type. The parent issue field also moved to the new block, since it's conceptually related.
Within the CSV file the columns may define multiple relations of the same type, each separated with
,. Related issues follow the same rules as parent issues. A string preceded with a
# is supposed to be an existing issue. Without the
# it's supposed to be another row within the import file. For follows and precedes relations an additional delay may be present, e.g.
#12 3d specifying a relation to issue
#12 and a delay of 3 days.
Since issue relations may only be created when the issue was already saved, I've added a second step to the import. Additionally to
build_object, which needs to be implemented by
Import sub classes, there's also a
extend_object method now. This is used by the
IssueImporter to save the relations after the issue was already saved successfully.
Initially, I wanted to build the import, so that issue relations exported from Redmine could be imported directly. But the format that's used by the exporter was designed for humans, not so much for computers. Most importantly, to parse this format we would need to grep for the localized relation names, which might even change between versions of Redmine. Therefore I settled for the proposed approach of having separate columns for each relation type.