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I'm on a Mac with Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard). I'm using tcsh, but I could use Bash if it'd help.

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ls -1 /directory/you/want/to/list > ~/Desktop/filelist.txt

which will redirect the output of ls -1 (or ls -l or whatever you want) to the file ~/Desktop/filelist.txt. Using > for redirecting outpiut works for every command, btw. Just google about "input output redirection" (or see this link).

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When its output is redirected, ls automatically uses single-column output mode, so the -1 above is not necessary. – garyjohn Oct 1 '10 at 15:48

ls "path/to/folder/" > file.txt

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The shell builtin "echo" on its own suffices for this:

echo * > file.txt
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