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+comport - PD External for the serial Ports
+Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics
+Copyright (C) 1998-2005 Winfried Ritsch
+This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
+modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
+as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
+of the License, or (at your option) any later version. (see below)
+--------------------------- GPL.TXT -------------------------
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