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Supports the UpdateCapsule and QueryCapsuleCapabilities runtime services. This driver does not apply capsules.

This driver uses a DXE protocol (gCapsuleServiceProtocolGuid) to provide these services. Once ExitBootServices has been signaled, the driver will always return EFI_UNSUPPORTED for both calls.

Why A Protocol

This is done for binary size reduction and library simplification.

Because this isn't a "true" runtime driver (it effectively becomes a NOP at runtime), libraries that would be leveraged by this runtime service would need to support runtime. This choice poses a challenge because this driver isn't a "true" runtime driver so many of the libraries need to support runtime dxe in name only. This nuance can cause problems if an attempt is made to use these libraries in a runtime driver.

Protocol Producer

Currently CapsuleServiceProtocolDxe is the primary producer of the gCapsuleServiceProtocolGuid protocol - there is additional documentation there, including a flow chart of the capsule update process.