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Update docs re: target tag usage #7360

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@@ -48,6 +48,7 @@ A target definition in a `BUILD` file looks something like
sources=globs('*.java', exclude=[['']]),
### type
@@ -104,6 +105,28 @@ You can also recursively glob over files in all subdirectories of the BUILD file
However this is discouraged as it tends to lead to coarse-grained dependencies, and Pants's
advantages come into play when you have many fine-grained dependencies.
### tags
Tags are a set of strings used to describe or categorize targets. They can be consumed by subsystems during a build to allow for features such as filtering task targets (ex. skip linting targets with a particular tag) or focused testing (ex. running only unit tests by excluding targets with a `integration` tag).
Tags can be configured for targets in three ways:
- Directly in the `BUILD` file (as above)
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baroquebobcat Mar 11, 2019


I think the example target declaration is far enough away that this could use a little more verbiage pointing at it. Maybe

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- Directly in the `BUILD` file (as above)
- Directly in the `BUILD` file (`tags={'common'}` in the example above)
- In `pants.ini`:
tag_targets_mappings: {
'tag1': ['path/to/target:', 'path/to/another/target:bar'],
'tag2': ['path/to/another/target:bar']

- In a `JSON` file, [[referenced from the `pants.ini` or command line|pants('src/docs:options')]], for example:

./pants list src/python/pants/base:exceptions --target-tag-assignments-tag-targets-mappings=@/path/to/target_tag_definitions.json

`BUILD.*` files

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