-n works as a grep argument to display the line number, but -H doesn't for filename. I think it is because git diff doesn't by default output filename for each changed line. As I was typing, I considered another option to display multiple lines and it solved my immediate problem, but would still like to know the solution to display the actual filename.

[michael@bigbox www]$ git diff | grep -n -H "this->config"
(standard input):614:-        $config=json_decode($this->config,true);
[michael@bigbox www]$

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I’m not sure you can show both the filename and the changed line in a single command, but the following will list all files where a line containing this->config has changed:

git diff --name-only -G"this->config"

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