Suppose you have a ModelMBeanInfoSupport and you want to clone it, i.e.:
ModelMBeanInfoSupport mmbis1 = ...;
ModelMBeanInfoSupport mmbis2 =
(ModelMBeanInfoSupport) mmbis1.clone() ---OR---
It is not clear from the specification whether the contained ModelMBeanAttributeInfo elements (and ModelMBeanOperationInfo etc) are cloned, and if they are, whether the contained Descriptors are also cloned.
This can matter, because attribute caching is done by storing the cached value in the Descriptor for the attribute. So if you create a second MBean that has the same ModelMBeanInfo as an existing one, you actually want it to use a deep copy so that the cached attributes are not stored in the same Descriptor.
The current behaviour of the Reference Implementation is to do a shallow clone (except that the Descriptor of the ModelMBeanInfoSupport is also cloned). This behaviour is probably acceptable -- implying a bit more work for people who want to duplicate ModelMBeanInfo instances -- but at the very least is should be specified.