Gradle 1.12 mentions needed jar but does not download it nor put it onto the CLASSPATH

Hate to post a question for such an ancient version of Gradle, but upgrading is on the pile of tech debt over there ==>

We use a plugin to provide build functionality adapted from our Ant/Ivy builds. Part of what the plugin does is resolve and publish artifacts. We recently migrated from an on-prem version of Artifactory to a SaaS version, which requires credentials. As such, the plugin was modified for the new URL and credentials. The project.repositories block addresses two repos, one for our locally-generated artifacts (ivy), the other for 3rd party jars (maven). It looks like this:

            project.repositories {
                    ivy {
                            name "gid-only"
                            url "${artifactoryURL}/gid-only"
                            layout "pattern", {
                                    ivy "[organization]/[module]/ivy-[revision].xml"
                                    ivy "[organization]/[module]/[revision]/ivy.xml"
                                    artifact "[organisation]/[module]/[revision]/[type]/[artifact]-[revision].[ext]"
                                    artifact "[organisation]/[module]/[revision]/[artifact]-[revision].[ext]"
                                    artifact "[organisation]/[module]/[revision]/[organisation]-[artifact]-[revision].[ext]"
                            credentials {
                                    username System.getenv("ARTIFACTORY_USERNAME")
                                    password System.getenv("ARTIFACTORY_PASSWORD")

                    maven {
                            name "maven-repos"
                            url "${artifactoryURL}/maven-repos"
                            credentials {
                                    username System.getenv("ARTIFACTORY_USERNAME") 
                                    password System.getenv("ARTIFACTORY_PASSWORD") 

When I run a build with this configuration, the debug log mentions a a needed jar several times:

12:33:36.842 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.artifacts.repositories.resolver.ExternalResourceResolver] Loading
12:33:36.843 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.externalresource.transport.http.HttpResourceAccessor] Constructing external resource metadata:
12:33:36.844 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.externalresource.transport.http.HttpClientHelper] Performing HTTP HEAD:
12:33:36.851 [DEBUG] [org.apache.http.impl.conn.DefaultClientConnection] Sending request: HEAD /gapinc/gid-only/ HTTP/1.1
12:33:36.851 [DEBUG] [org.apache.http.headers] >> HEAD /gapinc/gid-only/ HTTP/1.1
12:33:36.979 [INFO] [org.gradle.api.internal.externalresource.transport.http.HttpClientHelper] Resource missing. [HTTP HEAD:]
12:33:36.979 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.artifacts.repositories.resolver.ExternalResourceResolver] Resource not reachable for res=MissingResource:
12:33:36.980 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.artifacts.repositories.resolver.ExternalResourceResolver] Loading
12:33:36.981 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.externalresource.transport.http.HttpResourceAccessor] Constructing external resource metadata:
12:33:36.981 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.externalresource.transport.http.HttpClientHelper] Performing HTTP HEAD:
12:33:37.313 [DEBUG] [org.apache.http.impl.conn.DefaultClientConnection] Sending request: HEAD /gapinc/gid-only/ HTTP/1.1
12:33:37.315 [DEBUG] [org.apache.http.headers] >> HEAD /gapinc/gid-only/ HTTP/1.1
12:33:37.422 [DEBUG] [org.apache.http.headers] << X-Artifactory-Filename: guava-15.0.jar
12:33:37.422 [DEBUG] [org.apache.http.headers] << Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=“guava-15.0.jar”; filename*=UTF-8’'guava-15.0.jar

However, it never downloads the jar and puts it onto the CLASSPATH, resulting in a compilation error.

The dependency declaration looks like this:

[ group: ‘’, name: ‘guava’, version: “15.0”, configuration: ‘compile(*)’],

If I change the “configuration” declaration to ", configuration ‘*’, it does download the jar and adds it to the CLASSPATH. The problem is, this used to work prior to the SaaS migration, and I have literally hundreds of build.gradle files that would need to be modified as such if I take that approach. I would prefer not to do that but, rather, get it working by modifying the plugin as necessary.

Thanks for any advice anyone can render!