I have a .dot/.gv file that is a DirectedGraph with about 55,000 edges. When I try to render it using the GraphViz GUI in OsX it just sits a Not Responding state in Activity Monitor. I would assume that GraphViz wouldn't have any problems rendering a graph of this size. But it always crashes.

I know the .dot notation is valid because when I run: dot test.gv -Tjpeg -o test.jpeg it presumably draws something, I can't see it, but it at least it doesn't error out.

Is there something I'm missing here?

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sfdp is the answer I was looking for.

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