mysql-simple-0.2.2.4 depends on pcre-light-0.4.0.3 which failed to install. pcre-light-0.4.0.3 failed during the configure step. The exception was: ExitFailure 1
Thankfully since I had come across the same problem before on my Mac, the solution was an easy one.
Install the pcre-light package on linux with:
sudo apt-get install libpcre3 libpcre3-dev