Get IntelliJ IDEA to store metadata elsewhere

The problem I have is that I have to work with an ancient and decrepit non-standard, non-supported VCS and it HATES .idea, *.iml etc. and of course doesn't support any kind of exclusion that I can find. How can I configure IntelliJ to put these somewhere else like maybe the workspace dir?


Jim C.

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Ideally by default it would put the files in the workspace directory during a pom.xml import.

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File -> New Project -> Import project from external model -> Maven. Notice checkbox 'Keep project files in'.
When creating new non-maven project from scratch you also have full control where to keep project files, just do not forget for each created module customize 'Content root' and 'module file location' folders.

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