To exit GDB, use the
quit command (abbreviated
q), or type an end-of-file character (usually Ctrl-d). If you
do not supply expression, GDB will terminate normally;
otherwise it will terminate using the result of expression as the
An interrupt (often Ctrl-c) does not exit from GDB, but rather terminates the action of any GDB command that is in progress and returns to GDB command level. It is safe to type the interrupt character at any time because GDB does not allow it to take effect until a time when it is safe.
If you have been using GDB to control an attached process or
device, you can release it with the
(see Debugging an Already-running Process).