Ajax variables in Atlassian Bonfire for JIRA to access session state

If you didn’t know already, you can insert variables into your issues with Bonfire. It comes with four default variables: cookies, useragent, title, url. You insert them into your issue summary like so {useragent}, and Bonfire will replace it with something like this:

*Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64)….*

Or for the pictorially inclined:

You can read more about it [here](http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/BONFIRE/Templates+and+Variables). What I’m more interested in is creating custom variables. These vanilla variables are fine indeed, but often you need more debugging information before you can proceed to fix the issue. After the break I will show you how to create your own Ajax requests *in Bonfire* to get more complex information about your users (in particular **session** variables!)

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Installing JIRA on Ubuntu

Just walking through some of the steps as the JIRA documentation is a little too skimpy in parts for my liking. First … go get the Linux version of JIRA. IMPORTANT: Make sure you click “Show All” and download the 32-bit version if you’re unsure. I tried this whole nonsense with the 64-bit version and got a mind-boggling error (Syntax error: “(” unexpectedMore here. I’d say this whole process can be done in 15-20 minutes including all the Googlin’ and head scratching.

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