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Vim doesn't want to highlight my target named " * .o " and its dependencies because of the char ' * ' that I use to target all object files. When I replace the ' * ' by letters the highlighting works correctly.

Vim makefile bad syntax highlighting

Is this behavior normal or is it a vim bug ? Would be nice to know if there is a way to fix it.

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That rule could be better written as

%.o: %.cpp
    clang++ -Wall (...) $<

This way, only the source files newer than their object files are compiled. And the highlighting will also work as expected.

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