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Maven 2 Cheat Sheet

To create a standard Java project:

mvn archetype:create -DgroupId=<group-id> -DartifactId=<artifact-id>

To create a Web application:

mvn archetype:create -DgroupId=<group-id> -DartifactId=<artifact-id> \
-DarchetypeVersion=1.0-alpha-4 -Dpackagename=<package> \
-Dpackaging=war -DarchetypeGroupId=org.apache.maven.archetypes \
-DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-webapp

To install a dependency to your repository:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=<path-to-file> -DgroupId=<group-id> \
-DartifactId=<artifact-id> -Dversion=<version> -Dpackaging=<packaging>

Example: Install the uPortal API Abstraction Layer into J2EE Dev local repository
mvn install:install-file -Dfile=PortalAPIAbstractionLayer.jar -DgroupId=edu.wisc.my.apilayer -DartifactId=PortalAPIAbstractionLayer -Dversion=1.0 -Dpackaging=jarĀ 

Turn a Maven project directory into an Eclipse workspace:

mvn -Declipse.workspace=/Users/mgs/Desktop/Eclipse/workspace eclipse:add-maven-repo
mvn eclipse:eclipse

Useful links: Apache Maven Project Maven POM Reference

Better Builds with Maven (see the "Attachments" tab for accompanying sample code and errata)