svn: ‘’ was not present on the resource

I recently got this somewhat cryptic error message when trying to merge something in Subversion. In the root directory of my working copy, I ran svn merge, something along the lines of:

svn merge -c 1234 ./

Only to get:
svn: '' was not present on the resource

I had absolutely no idea what it was on about, and a fair bit of Googling turned up nothing. Then, just for fun, I tried going one level up from my working copy and trying again:

cd ../
svn merge -c 1234 ./myworkingcopy/

And lo and behold – it worked. I haven’t the foggiest idea why, but it does. Any ideas anyone?

Using SVN v1.6.6

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