FYI, the latest m2e 1.6 CI build provides a way to automatically update out-of-date project configuration .
We've been experimenting it for a while, as a standalone extension provided by JBoss Tools Playground , and haven't faced any issue so far. So we have decided to turn the workspace preference on by default (Preferences > Maven > Automatically update Maven projects configuration (experimental)) .
You can install the latest CI build from , give it a try and let us know how it works for you, good or bad.
"Have you tried turning it off and on again" - The IT Crowd