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Jonathan Perkin <> writes:

> * On 2016-02-01 at 18:36 GMT, Richard PALO wrote:
>> I'd like to propose making OS_VARIANT multi-value.
>> In particular this is useful for SunOS where currently only
>> "SmartOS" and "OmniOS" are listed variants but not "Illumos" as a whole.
>> The basis is simple, if ${OS_VERSION} == "5.11" and there is no "Oracle" found
>> in /etc/release, then the OS_VARIANT would be [initially] "Illumos".
>> Subsequently, "SmartOS" and "OmniOS" can tack onto OS_VARIANT with '+=' instead of '='.
> I don't like the idea of changing the variable type and overloading it
> with multiple meanings, but I agree we could do with a way to identify
> the different vendors, so maybe just introduce a new variable like we

I agree, more or less.   My big point would be that Someone needs to
decide if a proper OS_VARIANT is Illumos or if SmartOS and OmniOS are
proper values.  With the various forking and branding going on, this
seems more important.

The other logical point is to have a full-blown hierarchy of names, as
an arbitrary tree, but that seems unwarranted.

Richard: What problem are you trying to solve, and what are the other
candidate approaches?

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