Lemma 38.32.3. Let $S$ be a quasi-compact and quasi-separated scheme. The collection of morphisms $(u, \overline{u}) : (X', \overline{X}') \to (X, \overline{X})$ such that $u$ is an isomorphism forms a right multiplicative system (Categories, Definition 4.27.1) of arrows in the category of compactifications.

Proof. Axiom RMS1 is trivial to verify. Let us check RMS2 holds. Suppose given a diagram

$\xymatrix{ & (X', \overline{X}') \ar[d]_{(u, \overline{u})} \\ (Y, \overline{Y}) \ar[r]^{(f, \overline{f})} & (X, \overline{X}) }$

with $u : X' \to X$ an isomorphism. Then we let $Y' = Y \times _ X X'$ with the projection map $v : Y' \to Y$ (an isomorphism). We also set $\overline{Y}' = \overline{Y} \times _{\overline{X}} \overline{X}'$ with the projection map $\overline{v} : \overline{Y}' \to \overline{Y}$ It is clear that $Y' \to \overline{Y}'$ is an open immersion. The diagram

$\xymatrix{ (Y', \overline{Y}') \ar[r]_{(g, \overline{g})} \ar[d]_{(v, \overline{v})} & (X', \overline{X}') \ar[d]_{(u, \overline{u})} \\ (Y, \overline{Y}) \ar[r]^{(f, \overline{f})} & (X, \overline{X}) }$

shows that axiom RMS2 holds.

Let us check RMS3 holds. Suppose given a pair of morphisms $(f, \overline{f}), (g, \overline{g}) : (X, \overline{X}) \to (Y, \overline{Y})$ of compactifications and a morphism $(v, \overline{v}) : (Y, \overline{Y}) \to (Y', \overline{Y}')$ such that $v$ is an isomorphism and such that $(v, \overline{v}) \circ (f, \overline{f}) = (v, \overline{v}) \circ (g, \overline{g})$. Then $f = g$. Hence if we let $\overline{X}' \subset \overline{X}$ be the equalizer of $\overline{f}$ and $\overline{g}$, then $(u, \overline{u}) : (X, \overline{X}') \to (X, \overline{X})$ will be a morphism of the category of compactifications such that $(f, \overline{f}) \circ (u, \overline{u}) = (g, \overline{g}) \circ (u, \overline{u})$ as desired. $\square$

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