I created a symbolic link (specifically a symbolic link & not a Finder alias which bash can't follow) to a directory in my home folder using
ln -s link $HOME/directory & now I wish to hide the link in the Finder so I don't have to look at it. Normally I would use
chflags hidden link to accomplish this, but of course that would affect the directory, not the link. I can't use the standard leading dot because the name of the link itself is important for applications that look for it & a leading dot changes the name.
So my question is, how do I hide the symbolic link without hiding the directory it links to or changing its name?
EDIT: I intentionally kept my question vague because it's a small experiment with the Finder, but here's some more details to clarify exactly what I'm trying to do.
Finder uses the $HOME/Desktop folder for the desktop itself, it doesn't matter if it's a link, alias or a completely different folder called “Desktop” (such as the home folder itself) as long as it's in the $HOME directory.
I made a symbolic link to my home directory named “Desktop” in order to populate the contents of Finder's desktop with the contents of my home folder (if you try this, it doesn't take effect until you login again, also this was done on 10.6). That also places the symbolic link itself on my desktop of course which I don't want to see in either a Finder window or on the desktop itself. If I were to rename it to “.Desktop” in order to hide it, it would hide, but the link between my home folder & my desktop would also be broken.