TRED(1) General Commands Manual TRED(1)

tred - transitive reduction filter for directed graphs

tred [ -ovr? ] [ files ]

tred computes the transitive reduction of directed graphs, and prints the resulting graphs to a file or standard output. This removes edges implied by transitivity. Nodes and subgraphs are not otherwise affected. The ``meaning'' and validity of the reduced graphs is application dependent. tred is particularly useful as a preprocessor to dot to reduce clutter in dense layouts.

Undirected graphs are silently ignored.

The following options are supported:

Redirect output to the given file. By default, output goes to stdout.
Verbose output to stderr.
Print information of removed edges to stderr.
Print usage information.

The following operand is supported:

Names of files containing 1 or more graphs in dot format. If no files operand is specified, the standard input will be used.

Using bitmaps internally would substantially decrease running time.

If a graph has cycles, its transitive reduction is not uniquely defined. In this case tred emits a warning.

Stephen C. North <>
Emden R. Gansner <>

gc(1), dot(1), acyclic(1), gvpr(1), gvcolor(1), ccomps(1), sccmap(1), libgraph(3)

21 March 2001