I'm cloning my existing (and working) Laravel project from github to start a new. Creating a fresh copy of .env and populating from .env.example. Then trying usual "composer update (or install)" and "php artisan key:generate" procedure like always. But any command with artisan or composer ends up with this error:
SQLSTATE[HY000]  No such file or directory (SQL: select `image_resize` from `settings` where `id` = 1 limit 1) SQLSTATE[HY000]  No such file or directory
I'm using MAMP and have populated .env file with correct and working DB info (Database is empty for now)
DB_CONNECTION=mysql DB_HOST=localhost DB_PORT=3306 DB_DATABASE=new_proj_db DB_USERNAME=root DB_PASSWORD=root
I'm aware that this is a database problem but i cannot even populate my db with dummy info using factories and seeding. They all end up with the same error "SQLSTATE[HY000]......" I cannot generate key or update composer dependencies.
Maybe i should comment out some code that cause this problem. (SQL: select
settings where .....) 'image_size' and 'settings' are my code but i cant't understand why those cause a problem on a fresh install.
Apparently i'm missing something really simple and open to any suggestions.