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When trying to update user (custom) fields programatically in drupal 7, I get the weird problem that whenever I do, my password is reset, my user is logged out, and I have to reset password to be able to log-in again.

I have tried a few different things, none seem to work, here's my code.

global $user;
global $language;
$fullUser = user_load($user->uid);

$updateUserParams = array();

$updateUserParams['language'] = $language->language;
$updateUserParams['field_first_name'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['firstName'];
$updateUserParams['field_surname'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['lastName'];

$year = $form_state['values']['birthdate']['year'];
$month = $form_state['values']['birthdate']['month'];
$day = $form_state['values']['birthdate']['day'];

$birthdate = date( "Y-m-d", strtotime($year.'-'.$month.'-'.$day));

$updateUserParams['field_birthdate'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $birthdate;
$updateUserParams['gender'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['gender'];
$updateUserParams['field_address']['en'][0]['thoroughfare'] = $form_state['values']['street'];
$updateUserParams['field_address']['en'][0]['postal_code'] = $form_state['values']['postalCode'];
$updateUserParams['field_address']['en'][0]['locality'] = $form_state['values']['city'];
$updateUserParams['field_phone'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['phone'];

user_save($user, $updateUserParams);

What am I doing wrong?

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If you look user_save there special code at the top, that prevent updating password if pass not provided on $updateUserParams. So please check your other modules or Rules, that possibly resetting password each time, then user_save called.

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@Nikit, your answer pushed me in the right direction, however, it wasn't correct.

the problem wasn't that I had the pass variable defined in my $updateUserParams, as you can see, I do not.

The problem was, that i had the pass variable defined in the $user I did my user_save with. I managed to fix the problem by unsetting the pass on my user object. And to be saved, I did the update on the $fulluser instead of the $user which is a global variable, and could potentially break things.

Here's the working code.

    global $user;
    global $language;
    $fullUser = user_load($user->uid);

    $updateUserParams = (array) $fullUser;

    $updateUserParams['language'] = $language->language;
    $updateUserParams['field_first_name'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['firstName'];
    $updateUserParams['field_surname'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['lastName'];

    $year = $form_state['values']['birthdate']['year'];
    $month = $form_state['values']['birthdate']['month'];
    $day = $form_state['values']['birthdate']['day'];

    $birthdate = date( "Y-m-d", strtotime($year.'-'.$month.'-'.$day));

    $updateUserParams['field_birthdate'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $birthdate;
    $updateUserParams['gender'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['gender'];
    $updateUserParams['field_address']['en'][0]['thoroughfare'] = $form_state['values']['street'];
    $updateUserParams['field_address']['en'][0]['postal_code'] = $form_state['values']['postalCode'];
    $updateUserParams['field_address']['en'][0]['locality'] = $form_state['values']['city'];
    $updateUserParams['field_phone'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $form_state['values']['phone'];

    unset($fullUser->pass);
    unset($updateUserParams['pass']);

    user_save($fullUser, $updateUserParams);
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