Getting the maximum number of characters in a path with a POSIX shell

I recently needed to do a fast count of the longest path’s string length possible relative to another path. This is useful for example on how to dimension some C buffer. I did not want to spend much time on this and came up with the following one liner (i love bash one liners):

for i in $(find); do echo $i | wc -c; done | sort -nu | tail -n1

You may need to subtract at least 2 characters the ./ but otherwise that is it. These are all basic commands available in a minimal UNIX environment like busybox.

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