Error Executing Maven - Non-parseable settings settings.xml

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I'm new to Maven. I have converted my Cucumber project to Maven and I'm getting execution error when I try to run Maven Clean or Maven Build.

[ERROR] Error executing Maven.
[ERROR] 1 problem was encountered while building the effective settings
[FATAL] Non-parseable settings C:\Users\qz\.m2\settings.xml: end tag name </settings> must match start tag name <activeProfiles> from line 10 (position: TEXT seen ...</pluginManagement>   \r\n</build>\r\n</settings>... @21:12)  @ C:\Users\qz\.m2\settings.xml, line 21, column 12

Snap of Maven Installation and Configuration My settings.xml file have some problem too as under Eclipse > Windows > Preferences > Maven > User Settings, I can see an error 'Could not read settings.xml'

I have tried deleting my repository folder and rebuilding it but that wasn't effective. It may be something to do with my Eclipse-Maven integration.

Edit-1: adding settings.xml

<settings xmlns=""


Edit-2: corrected .xml and updated the error message

2018-11-30 17:25
by zagoo2000
Did you check the physical file that maven is complaining about (C:\Users\qz\.m2\settings.xml)? Does it contain valid xml - ernest_k 2018-11-30 17:27
Hi @ernest_k, yes the file is present under the location. I have just added it too - zagoo2000 2018-11-30 17:33
Your xml is invalid. On this line: <localRepository>Users/qz/.m2/repository<localRepository/>, <localRepository/> should be </localRepository>ernest_k 2018-11-30 17:36
Well spotted @ernest_k! I missed it some how. I have corrected it and the error is slightly different now. I have updated that to - zagoo2000 2018-11-30 17:46
<profiles><profiles/>, and <activeProfiles><activeProfiles/> have the same proble - ernest_k 2018-11-30 17:48
Sorry, I have just removed them and it's a BUILD SUCCESS. Thanks again @ernest_ - zagoo2000 2018-11-30 17:50


Close xml tag should be </tagName>


You can have empty tag in single tag as <tagName/> or you can remove it

2018-11-30 17:45
by user7294900
Thanks @user7294900. I have corrected my tags now - zagoo2000 2018-11-30 17:48