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From Laird Nelson <>
Subject Re: Referencing a parent POM without relativePath
Date Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:05:57 GMT
On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Benson Margulies <>wrote:

> You just name the G/A/V and no relativePath, and Maven will download
> just as it would a dependency.

Well, not exactly; if there is no <relativePath> element present, then
Maven behaves as though <relativePath>../pom.xml</relativePath> were
specified.  If that file is a working copy that has not been refreshed from
the SCM, then problems can ensue.

I recall that someone mentioned specifying a relative path like this:


...and that that was the only way to force Maven to truly resolve the pom
from the repository, but I don't know if this is in fact true.



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