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From George Karabotsos <>
Subject Re: Creating local repository
Date Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:17:57 GMT
Thank you Michael, I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

On Fri, Sep 4, 2015, at 10:54 AM, wrote:
> You don't really need to point to a local repository.  By default Maven
> will use C:\Users\<username>\.m2\respository as the local repo.  (i.e.
> for a Windows host).
> If you want to specify a different location for the local repo you can
> use this in your settings.xml:
> <localRepository>
>     C:\<anyplace>......
> </localRepository>
> Finally, to populate your local repo for the first time (i.e. when you
> ARE connected to the net), you can execute the Maven goal
> archetype:create to build a "hello world" app.  As long a you start with
> an empty local repository, wherever that happens to be i.e. the default
> location or somewhere else as per your settings.xml file, then Maven will
> attempt to get plugins and artifacts from the local repo first but since
> it is empty it will go to the default remote repo to get these and
> populate the local repo.  As long as you can access the location of the
> local repo from your VM's there is no need to copy anything!
> Just one reminder, when you run Maven with the archetype:create goal DO
> NOT use the -o option!!!  After that, when you want to use the local repo
> only USE the -o option.
> One last thought.  Using Maven in offline only mode may present you with
> some problems down the road, depending on what "external" artifacts your
> application uses.  If you only populate the local repo once then you will
> not be using updated artifacts as they become available.  If you are not
> using any "external" artifacts (e.g. XML parsers, log file libraries,
> etc.) in your app, this should not be a problem.
> Other on the mailing list feel free to correct me if  I've given George
> any incorrect info.
> Good luck!  And happy building.
> Michael Tarullo
> Contractor (Engility Corp)
> Enterprise Architect
> NSRR System Administrator
> FAA WJH Technical Center
> (609)485-5294
> -----Original Message-----
> From: George Karabotsos [] 
> Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 10:27 AM
> To:
> Subject: Creating local repository
> Hello all,
> Let me start by admitting I am by no means a maven expert :).
> Now I have a need to create a local file-based repository to be used by
> maven when building my project.  I need this because I have no net access
> from a set of VMs I and colleagues have to use .
> I was thinking of the following:
> 1) connected to the net, normally proceed and download all necessary
> artifacts
> 2) copy these jars with
>           > cp -r Users/gkarabotsos/.m2/repository .
> 3) Add the following to my pom.xml
>   <repositories>
>     <repository>
>       <id>localrepository</id>
>       <url>file:///c:/repository/</url>
>     </repository>
>   </repositories>
> I do know that it does not work--I am guessing my c:/repository
> structure does not have the correct form.   
> I have also seen, in the net, commands such as the following:
> mvn install:install-file -Dfile=YOUR_JAR.jar -DgroupId=YOUR_GROUP_ID
> -DartifactId=YOUR_ARTIFACT_ID -Dversion=YOUR_VERSION -Dpackaging=jar
> -DlocalRepositoryPath=/var/www/html/mavenRepository
> Is this the only correct way? I have yet to try it, primarily because I
> have a few dozen artifacts and doing so will take me a long time.
> Cheers,
> George
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