Shell Interface

SBL comes with an built-in shell interface for diagnosis and debugging purpose. It allows one to examine platform state (e.g., dump memory content, PCI configuration registers, etc.), change boot configuration and trouble shoot before launching OS.

Developers can also add their own shell commands for unit testing.

To enter shell interface, press any key after reboot and before OS is launched.

Built-in shell commands:

Shell> help
exit     - Exit the shell
help     - List supported commands
hob      - List HOBs
mem      - Read or write system memory
mmap     - Display memory map
perf     - Display performance data
boot     - Print or modify the OS boot option list
cpuid    - Read CPU specific information
io       - Read or write I/O ports
msr      - Read or write model specific registers
mtrr     - Display current MTRR configuration
pci      - Display PCI devices
reset    - Reset the system
ucode    - Display microcode version
fwupdate - Initiate Firmware Update

Use ‘-h’ to get help message for a command.


For small image footprint or security reasons, one can exclude shell module from SBL in release builds.