You can set it up to use your own repository.
Of course, then it still reaches across the 'net every time something asks for
a more (or less) version that's not in the local repository. Without asking,
and barely telling.
You don't think we tried that? Thanks for the awesome advice, though!
It is my impression that Maven is a 90% tool. It make life easier for
the 90% easiest cases - cases where it is possible to have
the project follow the Maven philosophy. For the remaining
10% the same features that make it easier for the normal cases
make it real hard. So if the project is tricky, then you
are probably better of with Ant that is intended as
a custom build script tool.
Since real-world projects are nearly never simple, I challenge your "90%"
claim. I'd be surprised if the number were 10%. Do you have any evidence for
The project I'm on isn't even especially complicated, except for the Maven
builds. I wish it were based on Ant, but converting back once it's tangled up
in Maven is not straightforward. None of us, not even my management (!), is
happy with Maven.
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