Mysql2 gem errors on initial database setup

When I try to db:create or db:migrate or db:schema:load I get this error ActiveRecord::DatabaseConnectionError: There is an issue connecting to your database with your username/password, username: . I’ve gone back and forth between my database.yml file and the grant statement in the system mysql client My database.yml file has password for the development environment It doesn’t matter if I leave the password quoted or not