Cloning an array with its content

Instead of calling clone on the array itself, you can call it on each of the array's elements using map:

b =

This works in the example stated in the question, because you get a new instance for each element in the array.

You need to do a deep copy of your array.

Here is the way to do it


This is because you are cloning the array but not the elements inside. So the array object is different but the elements it contains are the same instances. You could, for example, also do a.each{|e| b << e.dup} for your case

You can use #dup which creates a shallow copy of the object, meaning "the instance variables of object are copied, but not the objects they reference." For instance:

a = [1, 2, 3]

b = a.dup

b # => [1, 2, 3]


Edit: Listen to Paul below me. I misunderstood the question.

Try this:

b = [] #create a new array 
b.replace(a) #replace the content of array b with the content from array a

At this point, these two arrays are references to different objects and content are the same.