- All Known Subinterfaces:
public interface CloneableA class implements the
Cloneableinterface to indicate to the
Object.clone()method that it is legal for that method to make a field-for-field copy of instances of that class.
Invoking Object's clone method on an instance that does not implement the
Cloneableinterface results in the exception
By convention, classes that implement this interface should override
Object.clone(which is protected) with a public method. See
Object.clone()for details on overriding this method.
Note that this interface does not contain the
clonemethod. Therefore, it is not possible to clone an object merely by virtue of the fact that it implements this interface. Even if the clone method is invoked reflectively, there is no guarantee that it will succeed.