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i helped douglas resolve this problem. it turns out that this machine had some malware running on it. the system could not create the directory named "5" anywhere. and, as shown above, this particular project required the creation of a directory named 5. the infected file was called rlls.dll. malwarebytes cleaned out the infected software and allowed us to remove the cache and rerun maven without any problems. all solved now. not actually a maven issue at all.

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