We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

Nothing to Migrate - My Journey into Larevel Purgatory

Bruce Gust
Bruce Gust asked
Last Modified: 2020-05-12
I'm trying to get things done quick.

I'm working on a Laravel project, I realize I need to alter the structure of a table so I just go into phpMyAdmin, do what needs to be done and then alter the corresponding migration file.

You're not supposed to do that, are you?

In the interest of keeping the migration file current, I just changed the schema. But then I began to wonder if that wasn't going to throw things off systemically and now, things are all cornfused.

First of all, just for the sake of my own edification: Migrations are not optional. Regardless of how incremental of a change you're making to your database, it all has to be done through the migration dynamic because that's a part of the way Larevel / Eloquent are processing things, correct?

Secondly, for the sake of cleaning up the mess i just described, here's what I did:

I created a "drop_video_table" migration and ran that successfully.
Here's the "create_videos_table" migration that I edited (perhaps incorrectly)


use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;
use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;

class CreateVideosTable extends Migration
     * Run the migrations.
     * @return void
    public function up()
        Schema::create('videos', function (Blueprint $table) {

     * Reverse the migrations.
     * @return void
    public function down()

Open in new window

The part that I have in bold originally read:


I changed that manually so it now is two additional fields.

Granted, I probably should've written an "alter_videos_table" migration, but lesson learned.

My dilemma is that when I go to run "$ php artisan migrate --path=database/migrations/2020_02_13_023156_create_videos_table.php," I get a message back that says, "Nothing to migrate."

OK, so I'm not going to try and pop the hood on phpMyAdmin again and alter my tables, but how do I get my new and improved videos table back on line?

Watch Question
Most Valuable Expert 2020
Most Valuable Expert 2018
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 1 Answer and 9 Comments.
See Answer
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant

An Experts Exchange subscription includes unlimited access to online courses.

Get Started
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE