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Splitting a large package into smaller ones/upgrade path for users?

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http://askubuntu.com – I maintain a couple of large packages that we use internally and starting with the next release I would like to split those into smaller packages. These packages are already installed in a number of machines via our custom apt repository and I am not sure what the upgrade path would be for those who already have this big packages installed. To illustrate the issue: packageX is the current big package installed in a number of machines I would like to split it into: packageX-foo packageX-bar packageX-baz I guess the sensible thing to do would be to create a virtual package called packageX (HowTos)