I had to do that a couple of days ago when experimenting with a 3rd party library.
What I sometimes forget, is that there are two `settings.xml` files. Now I shouldn't forget this, because it is quite clear on the Maven Apache site. http://maven.apache.org/settings.html
But I do.
The settings.xml file in
- `%M2_HOME%/conf/settings.xml` is the global settings.
- your `.m2` user directory is your user-specific settings.
- This file doesn't exist until you create it, which might explain why I forget about it.
Duplicate settings in the user-specific file, override the settings in the global settings.
I was reminded of this because of the permission schemes in Windows 7 which wouldn't let me save my global settings without upping my permissions to admin.
You can see the combined settings if you issue the command:
Some useful references: