I had a reference to a binary distribution of a the idea-sbt-plugin in my global build.sbt.
resolvers += "sbt-idea-repo" at "http://mpeltonen.github.com/maven/"
libraryDependencies += "com.github.mpeltonen" %% "sbt-idea" % "0.10.0-SNAPSHOT"
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