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How to view errors generated while creating Graphviz diagrams

At times, there might be errors in the DOT language you use while creating Graphviz diagrams in Jira issues. This page explains how to view these errors to see what went wrong and possibly fix them.


In the Jira issue:

  1. Click Graphviz from the menu options to see the Graphviz for Jira section.
  2. Click Graphviz from the menu options again or Add a Graphviz diagram in the Graphviz for Jira section to navigate to the Graphviz Diagrams for Jira window for further edits.
  3. Enter the following in the Graphviz Diagrams for Jira window:
    • Create diagram from: Select Create a new diagram from scratch.
    • Content: Enter the following

      graph {
          a -- b;
          b -- c;
          a -- c;
          d - c;
          e -- c;
          e -- a;
    • Layout: dot
    • Graphviz output attachment name: Nil.
  4. Click the Preview () icon on the top right corner of the Content field to preview the diagram. The error is displayed in the preview pane as the following:

    Or when you click Save without previewing the output, the error is displayed in the Graphviz for Jira section of the issue as the following:

    This error message points to the exact line where the wrong DOT code is used with an indication towards what went wrong. This helps you fix the error. While previewing, you can make the changes immediately and click Refresh () icon to view the output in the preview pane.

The steps mentioned here are for the new Jira issue view. If you are using the old Jira issue view, replace step 1 and 2 with the following:

Click Add a Graphviz diagram in the Graphviz for Jira section to navigate to the Graphviz Diagrams for Jira window for further edits.

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