Original request description
- Import / export a project's structure (incl. workflow, related issue types, related groups, permissions, screens, fields, field configurations, etc.), but not its issues or history. This is useful to copy from the test installation of jira into the productive one.
- Delete all issues and history of a project, but not its structure. Delete all closed issues of a project and their history, but not it's structure. This is useful for test purposes and for cleaning purposes in case of changes that make the old issues not required to read but useful to archive (e.g. for legal needs).
- Import / export / delete a complete project, structure and issues. This is useful for backup flexibility and data cleanup (each dept. of the concern keeps its own data; When Maintenance have made a mistake and need to restore their backed-up data, we don't want to restore Development's data as well).
As a workaround for the lack of these features, we happen to use several installations for test purposes. But our managers definitely won't allocate any money for the corresponding licences, since juggling with several instances of a program is neither efficient nor convenient.
Moreover, for now we end up with either databases full of unneeded, outdated test data, or with hours of click-click-click-copying a project's structure from the test system into the productive environment. (We tried direct manipulation of XML export data or databases, unsuccessfully.)