Clone - recursively copy Perl datatypes

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This module provides a clone() method which makes recursive copies of nested hash, array, scalar and reference types, including tied variables and objects.

```perl use Clone 'clone';

my $data = {
   set => [ 1 .. 50 ],
   foo => {
       answer => 42,
       object => SomeObject->new,
   },
};

my $cloned_data = clone($data);

$cloned_data->{foo}{answer} = 1;
print $cloned_data->{foo}{answer};  # '1'
print $data->{foo}{answer};         # '42'

```

You can also add it to your class:

```perl package Foo; use parent 'Clone'; sub new { bless {}, shift }

package main;

my $obj = Foo->new;
my $copy = $obj->clone;

```

clone() takes a scalar argument and duplicates it. To duplicate lists, arrays or hashes, pass them in by reference, e.g.

```perl my $copy = clone (\@array);

# or

my %copy = %{ clone (\%hash) };

```

See Also

Storable's dclone() is a flexible solution for cloning variables, albeit slower for average-sized data structures. Simple and naive benchmarks show that Clone is faster for data structures with 3 or fewer levels, while dclone() can be faster for structures 4 or more levels deep.

Copyright 2001-2019 Ray Finch. All Rights Reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

AUTHOR

Ray Finch <rdf@cpan.org>

Breno G. de Oliveira <garu@cpan.org> and Florian Ragwitz <rafl@debian.org> perform routine maintenance releases since 2012.