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Import work item and the links from csv file

Jia Jia Li (8057131186) | asked Mar 19 '12, 4:10 a.m.
Can I import new workitem and its parent or child work item together in one csv file?
In this case, the work item and its parent/child work item are both new.
Can import support this case?

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Eric Jodet (6.3k5106120) | answered Mar 19 '12, 6:59 a.m.
currently - it is possible to import work items that have parent / child relationship.
However, be aware that:
- we have a an issue in some cases that, that should be addressed with
(will be part of 4.0 and
- Major enhancement around the import of work item links will be included in 4.0 with the implementation of which is part of broader effort around the CSV Importer feature -


Nate Decker commented Jul 24 '13, 8:40 a.m. | edited Sep 24 '13, 12:00 p.m.

This still appears to not be working correctly as of RTC 4.0.1

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Nate Decker (37812857) | answered Jul 24 '13, 8:47 a.m.

I followed those links, but didn't see that they actually answered the original poster's question.

To import a work item from a CSV so that a parent/child relationship is created, specify one of the Work Item attributes as "Parent". For the value of that attribute, specify the work item to which you want to link and preface the ID number with the '#' character. So it looks like this:


Note that this has worked for me sometimes, but seems to only work infrequently on RTC 4.0.1.

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