ACTION adaptor: system

This is the ACTION adaptor for local system calls. It allows workflow processes to do arbitrary "system stuff", meaning among other things that you can use it to provide a permissions layer on any program you want to run from the command line.
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdarg.h>
#include "xmlapi.h"
#include "../wftk_session.h"
#include "../wftk_internals.h"
The adaptor_info structure is used to pass adaptor info (duh) back to the config module when it's building an adaptor instance. Here's what it contains:
static char *names[] = 

XML * ACTION_system_init (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args);
XML * ACTION_system_free (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args);
XML * ACTION_system_info (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args);
XML * ACTION_system_do (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args);

static WFTK_API_FUNC vtab[] = 

static struct wftk_adaptor_info _ACTION_system_info =
Cool. So here's the incredibly complex function which returns a pointer to that:
struct wftk_adaptor_info * ACTION_system_get_info ()
   return & _ACTION_system_info;
Thus concludes the communication with the config module. Now on with the actual implementation of functionality. It's not complicated.
XML * ACTION_system_init (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args) {
   xml_set (ad->parms, "spec", "wftk");
   return (XML *) 0;
XML * ACTION_system_free (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args) { return (XML *) 0; }
Next up is the info call, which builds and returns a little XML telling the caller about the adaptor. If the adaptor itself is NULL, then it just returns info about the installed adaptor handler; otherwise it's free to elaborate on the adaptor instance.
XML * ACTION_system_info (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args) {
   XML * info;

   info = xml_create ("info");
   xml_set (info, "type", "action");
   xml_set (info, "name", "system");
   xml_set (info, "ver", "1.0.0");
   xml_set (info, "compiled", __TIME__ " " __DATE__);
   xml_set (info, "author", "Michael Roberts");
   xml_set (info, "contact", "");
   xml_set (info, "extra_functions", "0");

   return (info);

Moving along at breakneck speed, we come to actual functionality: taking action. Given that the action has already been parsed thanks to its XML nature, we hardly have anything to do at all.
XML * ACTION_system_do  (WFTK_ADAPTOR * ad, va_list args)
   XML * action = (XML *) 0;
   const char * aname;
   char * content;

   if (args) action = va_arg (args, XML *);
   if (action) {
      aname = xml_attrval (action, "action");
      if (!strcmp (aname, "exec")) {
         /* TODO: Line by line, run the content of the action through the data interpreter
            and pass it over to the shell.  Primitive, yeah -- you can't break lines. */
         /* TODO: do a better parser for this, line breaks and stuff. */
         content = xml_stringcontent (action);
         system (content);
         free (content);
   return 0;

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