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Assuming boot is first partition (left in gparted window) and root is second (right in gparted window). Using gparted, you can reduce the size of root (select partition and hit resize button), move it to the right (move button) and then resize boot (select partition and hit resize button).


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You can re-size boot if you had contiguous space but i'm guess you don't since root file system was probably directly after boot. You can create a new boot partition and format it, copy all the contents of the existing boot partition to the new partition, mark it bootable, and resetup the grub bootloader. Something like this guide: ...


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It looks like you are using LVM (Logical Volume Manager), which means that you can leave the existing partitions in place, and merge them at the "LVM" level, ie between the sdx block device and the Filesystem. LVM is designed specifically to allow this kind of operation. Any file system operation has some risk - so back up your data and check you are happy ...


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I was using gparted while it the partitions were in use, rather than booting from a USB or CD. Once I did that, both arrows show up. TLDR I had a homer simpson moment.


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Be warned: I tried the advanced fix option in fdisk and rebooted my system. This had disastrous effects in that my /dev/sda8 became /dev/sda5 in my case and the /boot/grub does not change as a result. So the obvious fix to this problem to avoid the mangling is: $ fdisk /dev/sda x f w $ update-grub $ grub-install but first make sure you have grub commands ...



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