Importing a PIMS address book to Android

It took me a while to work out why I couldn’t import my Kmail address-book to an Android (Samsung) phone, so here’s the clue in case anyone else has the same problem.

PIMS breaks long “Notes” fields into 76-character records when exporting a .vcf file, with a space inserted as the first character of each continuation line. New lines in the Notes field are signalled by "
" (without the quotes).

This can be edited out by opening the .vcf file with Kate and doing a global search-&-replace in regular-expression mode, where the search term is
\x20 and the replacement term is null. I’d assumed regex searches wouldn’t extend over consecutive lines, but they do.