Confirmed that this crontab is running - the daily backup of the crontab seems to have successfully executed, and there is now a file crontab_nodus.ligo.caltech.edu.20171122080001 in the directory quoted below. The $HOSTNAME seems to be "nodus.ligo.caltech.edu" whereas it was just "nodus", so the file names are a bit longer now, but I guess that's fine...
I restored the nodus crontab (copied over from the Nov 17 backup of the same at /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/crontab/crontab_nodus.20171117080001. There wasn't a crontab, so I made one using sudo crontab -e.
This crontab is supposed to execute some backup scripts, send pizza emails, check chiara disk usage, and backup the crontab itself.
I've commented out the backup of nodus' /etc and /export for now, while we get back to fully operational nodus (though we also have a backup of /cvs/cds/caltech/nodus_backup on the external LaCie drive), they can be re-enabled by un-commenting the appropriate lines in the crontab.