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Hey there fellow Laravel developers,

I'm currently facing an issue while trying to run my PHPUnit tests in a Laravel project. It seems that PHPUnit is completely ignoring the `DB_CONNECTION` variable specified in my `phpunit.xml` file.

I have double-checked my configuration file, and the `DB_CONNECTION` is indeed set to the correct value. However, when I run my tests, PHPUnit is still trying to connect to the default `sqlite` database instead of the one I specified.

I've tried restarting my server, clearing the configuration cache, and even explicitly specifying the `--env` flag when running the tests, but none of these solutions have worked so far.

Has anyone else encountered a similar problem with PHPUnit ignoring the `DB_CONNECTION` variable in the `phpunit.xml` file? If so, I'd love to hear any solutions or workarounds you might have found.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I've faced a similar problem with PHPUnit ignoring the `DB_CONNECTION` variable in the `phpunit.xml` file in my Laravel project. After trying a few things, I realized that the issue might be due to a misconfiguration in my `.env.testing` file.

Make sure to check your `.env.testing` file and ensure that the `DB_CONNECTION` variable is correctly set there. In my case, I had accidentally set a different value compared to what was in the `phpunit.xml` file.

Once I corrected the value in the `.env.testing` file to match the desired database connection, PHPUnit started to recognize the correct configuration, and everything worked as expected.

Give this a shot and let me know if it helps resolve the issue for you too.


Hey there,

I've encountered a similar issue before, and it can be quite frustrating. In my case, the problem was related to the caching mechanism of Laravel.

What worked for me was to clear the configuration cache specifically for testing. You can do this by running the following command in your terminal:

php artisan config:clear --env=testing

This will clear the configuration cache for your testing environment, making sure that PHPUnit picks up the correct `DB_CONNECTION` value from your `phpunit.xml` file.

Give it a try and let me know if it helps resolve your issue.

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