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These commands will mark a file as hidden or visible to Mac OS X Finder. Notice the capitol V vs the lowercase v. This will also work for directories.
setfile -a V foo.bar; // This marks the file invisible
setfile -a v foo.bar; // This marks the file visible
I have also found that adding the following aliases are helpful:
alias hide='setfile -a V'
alias show='setfile -a v'
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