MySQLdb is a python interface for mysql, but it is not mysql itself. And apparently mySQLdb needs the command 'mysql_config', so you need to install that first.
Can you confirm that you did or did not install mysql itself, by running "mysql" from the shell? That should give you a response other than "mysql: command not found".
Which linux distribution are you using? Mysql is pre-packaged for most linux distributions. For example, for debian / ubuntu, installing mysql is as easy as
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
mysql-config is in a different package, which can be installed from (again, assuming debian / ubuntu):
sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev
if you are using mariadb, the drop in replacement for mysql, then run
sudo apt-get install libmariadbclient-dev
Hope this is helpful!
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