You are on Ubuntu and obviously have Martin Pitt's
pg_wrapper installed (judging from
pg_ctlcluster) that is provided by the package
postgresql-common and comes with the standard Debian packages. I use the same on Debian.
On a Linux system, run
which in the shell to see which executable is actually picked:
postgres@db:~$ which pg_dump
postgres@db:~$ ls -l /usr/bin/pg_dump
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 37 4. Jun 18:57 /usr/bin/pg_dump -> ../share/postgresql-common/pg_wrapper
pg_dump is actually a symlink to
pg_wrapper, which dynamically picks the appropriate version of the client program for the db cluster you run
pg_dump with. I quote the man page of
This program is run only as a link to names which correspond to PostgreSQL programs in /usr/lib/postgresql/version/bin. It determines
the configured cluster and
database for the user and calls the appropriate version of the desired program to connect to that cluster and database, supplying any
specified options to that command.
The target cluster is selected by the following means, in descending order of precedence:
1. explicit specification with the --cluster option
2. explicit specification with the PGCLUSTER environment variable
3. matching entry in ~/.postgresqlrc (see postgresqlrc(5)), if that file exists
4. matching entry in /etc/postgresql-common/user_clusters (see user_clusters(5)), if that file exists
5. If only one local cluster exists, that one will be selected.
6. If several local clusters exist, the one listening on the default port 5432 will be selected.
If none of these rules match, pg_wrapper aborts with an error.
IOW, the right version should be picked automagically - unless you screwed up your installation somehow. You can always add the option
--cluster to be specific.