Following chapter 2 instructions here: http://liftweb.net/docs/StartingWithLift.pdf
I tried to create a sample project based on the lift-archetype-basic. Then, when I try to compile it (mvn clean package), I get 2 required artifacts missing: org.igniterealtime.smack:smack:jar:3.1.0 and org.igniterealtime.smack:smackx:jar:3.1.0. These look like transitive dependencies from net.liftweb:lift-xmpp:jar.
Note that I tried archetype 1.0 and 1.1-M4. If you expect these archetypes to work, I suggest making these required archetypes available in either the central repository, or in scala-tools.
Also a little surprised that lift-xmpp is a required transitive dependency of lift-core. I'm thinking that I would want to create a lift web app without XMPP, so bringing in that dependency by default seems a little odd to me. Maybe excluding it or marking it as optional would be prudent.
My workaround is to exclude the lift-xmpp dependency, like:
lift-core is "all of Lift".
If you build your project off lift-webkit, you will get all the Lift you need.
Imported from GitHub: http://github.com/dpp/liftweb/issues/58/find
Imported from Assembla: http://www.assembla.com/spaces/liftweb/tickets/58