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I agree. If you are not too sure and confident with commands, using a Live tool like gparted will save some headache for you. It will help you change the size of the partition using a GUI window. But be careful while extending a root partition. I have had issues with it. Not sure why.
Distribution: RHEL, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Solaris 10
You cannot resize a partition which is currently in use. After downloading the gparted live CD boot from it and resize the partition from there. As long as the partition is not mounted, you can do whatever you need to do with it but be careful while resizing the root partition.