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Well, the Utility Sintax Guideline can answer your question about the order of the options, and it's relationship with other options: Guideline 11: The order of different options relative to one another should not matter, unless the options are documented as mutually-exclusive and such an option is documented to override any incompatible ...


Keep in mind that there is more than one implementation of mv. The mv you use on linux is not from the exact same source as the one on OSX or Solaris, etc. But it is desirable for them all to behave in the same way -- this is the point of standards. It's conceivable that a mv implementation could add an option for this purpose, although since it is so ...

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