- project A lists project B as a dependency
- project B lists project C as an import-scoped entry in dependencyManagement
- project B's dependency version for project C is a SNAPSHOT
- the user's settings.xml file modifies the definition of the central repository to enable searching for SNAPSHOT artifacts.
When project A's dependency POMs are retrieved as part of collecting the transitive dependency closure for A, B's project instance is built. During this process, the POM for project C should be retrieved from central (according to the modifications in settings.xml). However, the profile information from the settings.xml is never applied to project B's POM, and never modifies the central repository definition found there. Since the default definition for the repository 'central' from the super POM has snapshots disabled, project C's POM cannot be found, and the build fails.