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I think the jobs that are still running on Precise are for WikiHistory. This is a tool chiefly used by the German Wikipedia community, and it was tweaked to work for enwiki way back when the Articleinfo was believed to be gone for good. Since then Ori came along and fixed Articleinfo, so WikiHistory isn't used as much anymore. We might as well fix it though, if possible. There are only a few links to it on-wiki. Why WikiHistory needs 5 continuous jobs to function is beyond me.
I changed the jobs to run on Trusty, and without even starting them back up, I see that WikiHistory is working just fine. So I will leave it at that for now. I think this can be closed now.
Madhumitha got back to me and said the script they were using may be out of date, and that if our tools don't show up at https://tools.wmflabs.org/precise-tools/ then we're good :) So going to re-close. This doesn't mean WikiHistory isn't forever unbroken... as I said above, I don't know why it had these cron jobs accompanying it, but it seems all is fine without them.