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Subversion Error Message On Branch/Tag

Today’s tech problem:

I am trying to create a new baseline for my code. I have checked my code out of my repository, updated individual files to the proper version for the baseline, and then when I try to tag or branch the working copy, I get an error.

Error Commit Failed (details follow):
Error File
Error ‘/svn/foo/bar/branches/blah/snafu/path/to/file/file.cfm’
Error already exists

Because of the failure, the branch attempt, or tag attempt, fail leaving the branch/tag empty.

How can the file already exist if the branch/tag starts out completely empty?