m2eclipse error: Plugin execution not covered by lifecycle configuration

If you have executions in your pom.xml which run during so-called interesting build phases. You need to provide a rule how m2eclipse shall deal with these executions (<execute/>,<ignore/>,<delegate/>).

The following snippet may be put into the pom.xml in order allow for the dependency plugin to run the goal build-classpath (Mind the <execute/> directive):


It is very(!) important to give a version range, otherwise a NullPointerException will be thrown.


  • [1] Site on “M2E plugin execution not covered”
  • [2] List of “m2eclipse interesting build executions”

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