Since upgrade, I am not able to renew membership from backend. As soon I press RENEW I am getting this Fatal Error message:

2016/05/13 11:57:55 [error] 8711#0: *2228 FastCGI sent in stderr: "PHP message: PHP Fatal error: Cannot pass parameter 2 by reference in /www/demo/sites/all/modules/civicrm/api/v3/utils.php on line 1408" while reading response header from upstream, client:, server: demo.com, request: "POST /civicrm/contact/view/membership HTTP/2.0", upstream: "fastcgi://unix:/var/run/php-fpm/demo.com.sock:", host: "demo.com", referrer: "https://demo.com/civicrm/contact/view/membership?action=renew&reset=1&cid=398&id=52&context=membership&selectedChild=member"

Can anyone help please? how to fix this?

  • Are you on PHP 5.6? May 13 '16 at 12:16
  • I am using PHP 5.5
    – Tapash
    May 13 '16 at 12:17
  • Did you upgrade from 4.6.15 -> 4.6.16? May 13 '16 at 12:20
  • No, I have upgraded from 4.6.14
    – Tapash
    May 13 '16 at 12:21
  • Ok - good. I will have a look - this AM - and get back to you May 13 '16 at 12:29

@Tapash - I just tried to reproduce this on one of our live 4.6.16 projects and I can not.

From a Contact's Membership I'm successfully able to both:

  • more -> Renew [no errors; renewed properly] &
  • more -> Renew-Credit Card [no errors; made payment; got receipt; renewed properly]

I've also checked the JIRA issues and I don't see anyone else describing what you're observing. Considering your other Q as well - I'm wondering if perhaps something went wrong during your recent upgrade?

General recipe for this is to restore both code base (files) & databases back to 4.6.14 and then to run the upgrade script [to 4.6.16] again. If you can: run it via drush - it may give you some warnings/errors that give you some insight as to what's going on.

sudo -u apache drush civicrm-upgrade-db


Looks like a conflicting extension was causing the problem. CiviRules. Once that is uninstalled everything seems to be working perfectly fine.

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