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Authentication error missing from Maven DirkG Fri Jun 26 07:00:22 2009


We have some external developer around the world, so I have enabled the
security in Nexus and it works fine.
Every developer need to setup his own maven/ settings.xml and I have to
trust that this will be correct.
But for some reason it can be happen that he will enter wrong password or

When he try now to deploy some stuff, maven gives a partial error message

Downloading: http://****:8081/nexus/content/groups/public/junit/junit/3.8...
[INFO] Failed to resolve artifact.

Sniffing the traffic will show the more important part of the errror (in my

GET /nexus/content/groups/public/junit/junit/3.8.1/junit-3.8.1.jar HTTP/1.1
Accept-Encoding: gzip
Pragma: no-cache
User-Agent: Java/1.6.0_13
Host: ****:8081
Accept: text/html, image/gif, image/jpeg, *; q=.2, */*; q=.2
Connection: keep-alive

HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
WWW-Authenticate: BASIC realm="Sonatype Nexus Repository Manager"
Content-Length: 0
Server: Jetty(6.1.11)

Is this a bug or a feature, or with other words how can I make it possible
that the user see the whole  error.
Thanks for your support
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