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NAME

       unflatten - adjust directed graphs to improve layout aspect ratio

SYNOPSIS

       unflatten [-f] [-llen] [-clen ] [ -o outfile ] [ files ]

DESCRIPTION

       unflatten  is  a  preprocessor  to  dot that is used to improve the aspect ratio of graphs
       having many leaves or disconnected nodes.  The usual layout for such a graph is  generally
       very  wide  or  tall.  unflatten inserts invisible edges or adjusts the minlen on edges to
       improve layout compaction.

OPTIONS

       The following options are supported:

       -l len The minimum length of leaf edges is staggered between 1 and len (a small integer).

       -f     Enables the staggering of  the  -l  option  to  fanout  nodes  whose  indegree  and
              outdegree are both 1. This helps with structures such as a -> {w x y z} -> b.  This
              option only works if the -l flag is set.

       -c len Form disconnected nodes into chains of up to len nodes.

       -o outfile
              causes the output to be written to  the  specified  file;  by  default,  output  is
              written to stdout.

OPERANDS

       The following operand is supported:

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

AUTHORS

       Stephen C. North <north@research.att.com>
       Emden R. Gansner <erg@research.att.com>

SEE ALSO

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

                                         21 January 2001                             UNFLATTEN(1)