# Pullback preserves cokernel

Is that true that in an abelian category $\mathcal{C}$, if I have the pullback diagram:

$$\require{AMScd} \begin{CD} P @>{p_1}>> C\\ @V{p_2}VV @V{g}VV \\ A @>{f}>> B \end{CD}$$

with $f$ and $p_1$ monomorphisms, then $Coker(f) = Coker(p_1)$?

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There's no reason for that to be true. Take $C = 0$, for example. – Zhen Lin Dec 4 '13 at 9:34

Nope! Let $C = 0$, for example.
What is true is that $\text{Coker}(p_1) \to \text{Coker}(f)$ is a monomorphism.
(it doesn't matter whether or not $f$ and $p_1$ are monomorphisms)
What if I add the hypothesis that $g$ and $p_2$ are epimorphisms? – freedfromthereal Dec 4 '13 at 10:06
If $g$ is an epimorphism, then the map of cokernels is also an epimorphism. – Hurkyl Dec 4 '13 at 19:46