It is possible for us to create a custom release notes template, as according to the following documentation:
And from the documentation, it is possible for us to enable velocity auto reload, so that the changes that we made to the velocity template will be picked up without restarting JIRA:
In a development instance, you can play with picking up velocity file changes without a restart.
- Change class.resource.loader.cache from true to false
- Uncomment (remove the # sign from) #velocimacro.library.autoreload=true
However, the autoreload property is not working for JIRA 5.1.x (tested on JIRA 5.1.2 and 5.1.5). Hence if there any changes made to the Velocity template file, we will have to restart JIRA although the option has already been enabled.
The behavior is not reproducible in JIRA 5.0.5.
Workaround: Use Tomcat 7 and this should work!