John Gallagher <johnkgallag...@gmail.com> writes:

> The actual thing I want to do is
> something like this:
>
>   static const char *project_version = "$Format:...$";
>
> where "..." is something that `git archive` will replace with the
> output of `git describe`,...

You need to find an appropriate pair of placeholders that can
represent "git describe $it" and "git describe --contains $it".

I am tempted to suggest a more generalized way that is not limited
to describe at all, perhaps like this:

    $ git show --format='%x( git describe %H )'
    $ git show --format='%x( git describe --contains %H )'

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