Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata issue:First online: 08 August 2015 pages:1-11
On a metric graph we introduce the notion of a free divisor as a replacement for the notion of a base point free complete linear system on a curve. By means of an example we show that the Clifford inequality is the only obstruction for the existence of very special free divisors on a graph. This is different for the situation of base point free linear systems on curves. It gives rise to the existence of many types of divisors on graphs that cannot be lifted to curves maintaining the rank and it also shows that classifications made for linear systems of some fixed small positive Clifford index do not hold (exactly the same) on graphs.