The title says it all, people: those enterprising individuals over at XDA-Developers (where else?) have conjured up a permanent root for the EVO Shift. As this is the first method available, the process isn't quite so easy as it's become for other devices. Still, it's not too outrageously complicated, either.
ok download this file and extract it to the root of your sdcard
make sure you have adb properly setup on your computer before continuing
temp root using either visionary or z4root
open up command prompt and cd to your sdk platform-tools directory
then type adb shell then su
if you havent already u must press allow on your device to enable su perms
check the md5sum of both of the files to make sure they match
if these do not match do not continue redownload the files then check the md5's again
Flash the eng spl!!! (dangerous part)
make sure these commands are exact or you could risk bricking your phone!!!
now you should still be in adb shell with root permissions
runs this command and DO NOTT!! reboot till I tell you to
Code:dd if=/sdcard/Shift/hboot_eng.nb0 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
you just flashed the eng spl!!! now lets make sure it took
Check the md5 of new flash hboot and restore if necessary
run this command to pull the newly flashed hboot to your sdcard
Code:dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18 of=/sdcard/Shift/hboot_check.nb0
now we check the md5 to see if it matches
it should read 60ec1006e6ec2e8acb370d6aad35b17e
if the md5sum matches then congratulations its safe to reboot!! you can skip the next bit and continue on to step 6
if you absolutely cannot get the eng hboot to flash right then run this to restore the stock hboot
Code:dd if=/sdcard/Shift/hboot_orig.bin of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
then pull it to check md5
Code:dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18 of=/sdcard/Shift/hboot_check1.bin
then check the md5sum
it should read 386c19451e8dd18f9b98fad6b11be4c0
if it doesnt keep trying until it does but DO NOT!! reboot till it matches
check hboot and perm root!!
ok now reboot your phone into bootloader
turn off phone and hold power+vol down till it boots into bootloader
look at the top and make sure it says s off
if so reboot the phone back into android
put the phone into airplane mode
temp root with visionary
after your temp rooted then attempt to perm root with visionary (haven't tested perm root with z4 yet)
your phone will reboot and you are now officially perm rooted any changes you make will now stick on reboot
Recovery is coming soon!!!!!!
Like I said - perhaps not for the faint of heart. If you follow the directions to the letter though, everything should be just fine. Hopefully a simpler (or at least, more automated) method isn't far off. As always, if you have any questions, they're probably best directed to the XDA thread in the source link.
If you do take the dive, consider donating to the guys who worked to come up with the root ("Donate" button is in the signature of the first post). Oh, and of course, let us know how it goes!