How to deploy a Maven Parent POM
mvn -N deploy
Maven help defines the “-N” option as:
-N,–non-recursive Do not recurse into sub-projects
Running this command in the same directory as the Parent POM (pom.xml) will result in just the parent being deployed, avoiding Maven’s attempt to traverse all sub-projects referenced.
(This all presumes that you have the correct prerequisites in place for the deploy phase, such as proper ~/.m2/settings.xml configuration and <distributionManagement> configuration present in said pom.xml.)
Thanks to Elliot Metsger of the DSpace community for this tip.