I believe we are running into this issue and I would really like to see it fixed in 0.9 if possible.
We have a functionalTestRuntime configuration used to specify extra projects needed to run functional tests. One of them has a compile configuration chain of projects that leads back to the project specifying the functionalTestRuntime configuration. At resolve time we get an error like:
com.myproject#_module;1-0-SNAPSHOT: configuration not found in com.myproject#_module;1.0-SNAPSHOT: 'default'.
This seems to go with Gradle-715, which is still marked as fix in 0.9.