My TEMP and TMP environment variables were pointing to a directory I forgot to recreate after rebuilding my machine.
When I invoked "mvn install" from the apache-tika-0.4 directory, I got the following BUILD ERROR:
Error creating properties files for forking; nested exception is java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified
The Java stack trace that maven's -e switch dumped indicated that surefire was trying to create a temp file, but didn't say where.
If I had seen "$TEMP/<filename>" or "/home/jcadow/TEMP/<filename>" in an error message or stack trace, it would have saved me 2 days.
Attaching build.log, the output of "mvn -e install".
Install maven 2.2.1, download apache-tika-0.4, rename your temp directory, invoke 'mvn -e install' from apache-tika-0.4 base directory.