Using git and a post-recive to update production node.js apps.

I have been trying to figure out the best way to deploy and maintain node.js apps in development and production. If I have a local git repo on my machine, and I want to push it to production, what is the best way to do this? I don’t think the .git files should be there. I also don’t keep my modules in the repo, so I need a way to push updates, and make sure the newest dependencies are on the server.
I figured out that people are using a post-recieve script to update the site. This is what I ended up with. You put it in a file named post-receive in the hooks folder (on the server not on your local repo)

git --work-tree=$GIT_WORK_TREE checkout --force
npm install

I may take this a step further and recycle pm2, but that is another post!

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