[graph-tool] Why DFS `discoveres` the vertex, that it should not?

Tiago de Paula Peixoto tiago at skewed.de
Mon Mar 4 16:38:11 CET 2013

On 03/04/2013 03:22 PM, shpavel wrote:
> i have a very simple directed graph:
> V0 -> V2
> V1 -> V2
> i use BFS and DFS algorithms starting from V0 and get different results from
> `discover_vertex` function:
> for BFS it does not discover V1, that is correct - there is no path from V0
> to V1
> but for DFS it does discover V1

This seems to be the default behavior of the depth_first_search()
function in boost. See:


Note that in this function _all_ vertices are eventually visited, not
only the (out-)component from the source! I don't really understand why
it was done like this, since, as you observed, it is inconsistent with
BFS. I have modified the code in graph-tool to use the function
depth_first_visit() instead, where this is avoided, and the expected
behavior is obtained. Just try the current git version.

Thanks for the very simple example.


Tiago de Paula Peixoto <tiago at skewed.de>

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