Remark 15.81.6. While $R \to R_ f$ is always flat, $R \to R^\wedge $ is typically not flat unless $R$ is Noetherian (see Algebra, Lemma 10.96.2 and the discussion in Examples, Section 102.11). Consequently, we cannot in general apply faithfully flat descent as discussed in Descent, Section 34.3 to the morphism $R \to R^\wedge \oplus R_ f$. Moreover, even in the Noetherian case, the usual definition of a descent datum for this morphism refers to the ring $R^\wedge \otimes _ R R^\wedge $, which we will avoid considering in this section.
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