How to deploy your hubot to Heroku and why your bot is not working after deploying

After completing the development of my Hubot, I decided to deploy it to Heroku.

I followed the tutorial on Github’s Hubot guideline as here.

For, short:

$ cd [path-to-your-hubot-folder]
$ heroku login

# Setup git (if not yet).
$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Initial commit"

# Create a new heroku application.
$ heroku create

# Push to heroku master.
$ git push heroku master

# Set Slack token for heroku (Can be found at
# https://[your-slack-channel] 
# and under your Hubot app config).
$ heroku config:set HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=[xoxb-YOUR-TOKEN]

# Set heroku keep alive url (To keep your bot active).
$ heroku config:set HUBOT_HEROKU_KEEPALIVE_URL=$(heroku apps:info -s  | grep web-url | cut -d= -f2)

But my bot is not working at all, it keeps sleeping on the new Heroku’s bed and not responded to any of my commands.

I checked the build log on Heroku dashboard, it shows a lot of node modules are lack.

I viewed the .git_ignore file and its content:


So entire node_modules is ignored during commit and pushing to Heroku. So I think that it’s the reason why my bot is not working after deploying.

I remove that line, add node_modules then commit and push again to Heroku.

And finally… the monster awakens.

The git error: “gpg failed to sign the data”

Today, I need to commit some pieces of stuff to my GitHub repository, but somehow this error comes I don’t know.

It’s really painful.

error: gpg failed to sign the data
fatal: failed to write commit object

After some researches on Google, I know that Github has implemented something called GPG to sign and verify work from trusted collaborators, using public-secret key mechanism. (refer:

My below guide is used on MacOS. For other platforms, please refer this link for Windows and this link for Linux.

So, to solve the problem, I have to config gpg to be able to sign commits. Note that from now, I will use brew to manage my installations. To know more about brew, you could find so much information on Google or its homepage:

1. We need pinentry to read passphrases and PIN numbers in a secure manner. (For more information:

~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions brew install pinentry-mac

2. We need gpg of course, I use gpg2

~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions ❯ brew install gpg2

3. Now we are ready to generate our secret key, I chose all by default.

~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  gpg2 --gen-key

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 10.35.20 PM

4. Once you have a private key to sign with, you can configure Git to use it for signing things by setting the user.signingkey config setting.

4.1. Get your secret key:

~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  gpg2 --list-secret-keys

You will see something like:

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 10.40.35 PM

Then, B069A034 is your secret key.

4.2. Config your signing key:

~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  git config --global user.signingkey B069A034
~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  git config --global gpg.program $(which gpg2)
~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  git config --global commit.gpgsign true
~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions ❯❯❯ echo "no-tty" >> ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf

5. Point out the pinentry program to gpg-agent.conf:

~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  touch  ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf
~/W/G/TalentHub-solutions  echo "pinentry-program /usr/local/bin/pinentry-mac" >> ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf

Now you will be able to commit to your git repository.