When you run the command "mvn test", this plugin is used
There are special command line parameters you can use:
Of course you should be running a full suite of tests each time, but on occassions where you want to skip it, add the "-DskipTests" system property to the command line
Use the "test" system property. e.g. add "-Dtest=MySingleTest". This is helpful when you want to test a single test instead of all tests.
Use the "maven.surefire.debug" system property to tell mvn to wait for a debugger to remotely attach to your test jvm.
e.g. To debug a single test, your command might look something like:
mvn -Dmaven.surefire.debug="-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5008" -Dtest=HardToDiagnoseTest test
Maven will pause until you connect your debugger to the maven jvm. I've used this when tests are failing in maven but pass in the IDE.