Using File Protocol to Deploy Maven Project To Windows Shared Folder

Our development team is fairly small and we’re not at the point where we need Nexus yet, so I decided we can try using a simple Windows server share as our internal Maven repository.

On each of our shared Maven project pom.xml we add following distributionManagement configuration:

<distributionManagement>
  <repository>
    <id>enfinium</id>
    <name>Enfinium Internal Repository</name>
    <url>file://mavenrepo/maven_repository</url>
  </repository>
</distributionManagement>

Where //mavenrepo/maven_repository is the Windows server share we’ve setup. We’ve made sure each team member has correct read/write permission.

However every time we deploy Maven would say everything is successful but the file is nowhere to be found on the remote repository. (We’re using Maven 3.1.0

Turns out with file protocol and Windows server share, this is the syntax that works for us (yes Maven just fail silently and said everything was SUCCESSFUL)

file://\/\/mavenrepo/maven_repository

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