I needed an alias from a PrefPane in my user area. I figured a symlink would do. So in Terminal I did a ln -s with the proper user directory and all looked good, it appears. But the system threw an error when I tried to click it. It offered to repair the alias or delete it, so I opted to repair it, still didnt work, errors. I tried twice then threw in the towel, enabled root, logged into the GUI and created an alias the normal way, thats fine. Im still wondering about the command line procedure though. It would be a link from a user area to an area owned by root and Im guessing thats the issue.