change maven local repository path - symbolic links

Let's suppose we want to change the local maven repo path (default : c:\users\user_name\.m2\repository) to some other real folder - lets say e:\repo  - so that the contents from e:\repo folder are mapped to the default folder location.

This might be useful when .m2 folder on your C: drive is taking too much space. In such case, you can move the content to another drive ( e:\repo) and have a symbolic link on C:\ drive instead - so that all the configuration remains intact.

The following command creates a link folder "repository" in /.m2 folder and points to the source e:\REPO

C:\>mklink /d c:\users\gtiwari\.m2\repository e:\REPO


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