Joomla Warning: Parameter 2 to frontpage()

There must be thousands of webdevs that have at one point installed Joomla 1.0.x on successful sites, where their hosts have upgraded PHP and SQL versions recently (and without notice!)

One of these is, though it would be improbable that they are the only hosts that frequently upgrade their server software surrupticiously.

This is fine, except that if a large number of devs use CMSes where the point is to not dev all the php yourself, a large number of websites can be made completely inoperable if there is a flaw in the php scripts of the CMS, or if server software upgrades are not backwards compatible.

In the case of Joomla 1.0.x, every single page on my company’s site failed to fetch articles from the Database. That’s right, zero content. :)

This was the error message from Joomla:

Warning: Parameter 2 to frontpage() expected to be a reference, value given in C:\xampp\htdocs\mambo\includes\Cache\Lite\Function.php on line 100

And this was the solution posted on Joomla forums: (All credit goes to Kjell Hählen.)

I wrote a fix. My version is Joomla 1.0.13 but I suppose it will not be very different for later versions.

You sould replace two files by the ones in the attachment:

(this solves the “Reference instead of value”-problem)
(to make the contact form work again)

If you rather add the changes by hand:
The changes to vcard.class.php are minor, look for:

In Function.php I added a this line twice:
$arguments = $this->fixCalls($arguments);

The new function (fixCalls) is added at the end of the file.

Get the mirrored fix file >> HERE <<

It turned out to be a simple fix, just changing a couple lines in two PHP scripts, in my case I used the fix zipfile. I’m blogging about it since files have a tendency to stop being hosted and forum posts get archived.

I can’t guarantee the fix will work for your site. But it saved a tricky upgrade path for me, and so I wanted to make sure the solution doesn’t get lost, folded, spindled or mutilated. :) (Kjell, if you don’t like this, let me know and I’ll take it down.)


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92 responses to “Joomla Warning: Parameter 2 to frontpage()

  • E M


    Thanks so much for the help,

    It has helped a lot


  • fred

    great fix. Its work fine on my web site.

  • aart

    Thank you very much! I found the fix on the joomla site, but was unable to download the zip file with the fix. Luckily you’ve foreseen this and provided the zip!

  • Yus

    Muy útil la solución a este problema. Me sirvió de mucho.

    Muchas Gracias

  • Fabián

    Thanks so much !!
    Resolví el problema rápidamente.
    Gracias Max.


  • Zucky

    Worked on my site as well!

    Thank you!!

  • Jose

    Effective and fast solution, my site works again.

    Thank a lot.


  • RR

    Thanks for posting the zip files. Worked for the site!!

  • Paul

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I quickly found the old post without an attachment too and hoped it would be around somewhere — and here it is! :-)

  • Adrian

    Tego właśnie mi było potrzeba! Dzięki wielkie za info jak zlikwidować ten błąd. Dzięki!! It works!

  • Arash

    Thanks you!

    Working great!

  • Robert Smith

    another thankful User, saved me downgrading and a lotof work!

  • oskarit0

    thanks a lot it really works! :D _\,,/

  • Jac

    Excelente aporte.. Mil GRACIAS! He solucionado mi problema! =]

  • Muhammad

    A very simple solution to this problem (without any extra code):
    In Function.php file line 92
    replace this: $result = call_user_func_array(array($class, $method), $arguments);
    with $result = call_user_func_array(array($class, $method), &$arguments);
    In line 100 of the same file
    replace this: $result = call_user_func_array($target, $arguments);
    with : $result = call_user_func_array($target, &$arguments);

    the solution is very simple put ‘&’ before $arguments.

  • balem

    Grandioso.., muchas gracias

  • Nam Le

    My site is worked. Thanks so much!

  • Mark

    Dude, you rock!!!!!

    You saved me a ton of time troubleshooting this thing. Thanks a ton. If you’re every out in Phoenix, I’ll buy you a beer! :-)

  • TexAmicoMio

    Ottima soluzione!

  • thomasbesmerThomas

    Wow, thank you for this post. He has rescued me…

  • German Diaz

    Excelente solución, muchas gracias

  • mortay

    Me ha venido GENIAL … muchas gracias!!!

  • Mario Cadiz

    Fix applied, now the site is working fine again.
    Many thanks,

  • Dinesh Vaseeta

    Thanks a lot.
    Your solution is working !!!!

  • Tom

    what do you mean by “But it saved a tricky upgrade path for me” ? Are you saying that upgrading your php scripts is not worth your time because it may be “tricky” ? If that is the case, I am amazed your host hasn’t removed you yet. People like you are dangerous. You don’t just upgrade when something doesn’t work. Upgrades are a necessity with these easily exploited scripts and you should be well aware of this and encourage others to keep these vulnerable CMS scripts up to date.

    • maximilion

      Whoa, that’s some pretty hostile comments there. If you inform yourself of how an upgrade from 1.0.x to 1.5.x was done, you will see it’s not done by unzipping a zip file and uploading the file, let alone clicking a button that runs an upgrade script.

      Both 1.0.x and 1.5.x had vulnerabilities, most of which were fixed by upgrading. But they are two branches and switching branches required many steps. This fix simply translates a function to the new PHP version and doesn’t add a vulnerability.

  • Enrique

    Thank you for providing the link to that zip file. It is really helpfull.

    Tom: I understand what you mean, but you must understand the overhead of upgrading your joomla site from one version to another, most recent version. The good part of this fix is that with a simple code change you turn a whole broken site to a working site in a snap. The upgrade of the site to newer versions of the CMS needs testing, sometimes hours of work (perhaps you don’t have the time or the site is not worth the extra work) and in the meantime you can have the old site working again. So, this fix is a adequate solution, that’s it.

  • bojan

    Great fix thanks from Croatia

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  • Dave

    thx for the fix patch, but i cant download it now.
    i would like to add it by hand but not too sure about your instruction

    you mention that
    If you rather add the changes by hand:
    The changes to vcard.class.php are minor, look for:

    do you mean look for this line in the exsisting vcard.clas.php ? after found it in the file then what ??? then change to something else ? if so what to change then?

    In Function.php I added a this line twice:
    $arguments = $this->fixCalls($arguments);

    The new function (fixCalls) is added at the end of the file.

    when i add this it shows this

    Fatal error: Using $this when not in object context in /home/guitarad/public_html/includes/Cache/Lite/Function.php on line 114

    please advice then. thank you.

  • Dave

    i found the solution

    i think should change as below in Function.php

    from: $result = call_user_func_array(array($class, $method), $arguments);
    to:$result = call_user_func_array(array($class, $method), &$arguments);

    from: $result = call_user_func_array(array($$object_123456789, $method), $arguments);
    to: $result = call_user_func_array(array($$object_123456789, $method), &$arguments);

    from: $result = call_user_func_array($target, $arguments);
    to: $result = call_user_func_array($target, &$arguments);

  • Pocho

    It works. thanks very much

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