So sorry to hear of the trouble you’re having; it must be driving you crazy
I’d hate to offer you too much advice without knowing the disposition of RW-related files on your machine myself.
First, two questions:
- which version of RapidWeaver itself are you using?
- where were your stacks in the backup of your machine immediately prior to upgrading to Stacks 4?
Then, I’d suggest you create a folder (e.g. on your desktop) and copy (not move) all these stacks which ‘seem to be everywhere’ into it so that you will have them as a backup in case anything else goes wrong.
I confess to being surprised (and a little disturbed) that files seem to have moved themselves into various places on your machine without intervention from you or any other software. Do you have good anti virus protection?
Next, I’d decide where you do want your stacks to be located. I have RW 8 and - since it allows it - I keep all my add-ons in a subdirectory called RapidWeaver Add-ons in ~/Library/Application Support.
I think I’m right in saying (and Stacks developer @isaiah will correct me if I’m wrong) that it is safe to override for the moment the way in which RW handles locations of the stacks themselves. Do it at the filesystem (Finder) level. RW is designed to look for add-ons in one place. When they’re there, it will find them.
Get all your stacks aggregated in one place - e.g. a subdirectory in your user library (~), although it could just as well be in the Documents folder, tell RW where they are, and start from there.
The fact that RW (if I understand correctly) seems to be finding some of your stacks suggests that it does ‘know’ where it thinks they should be (hold down option and select ‘Reveal Addons Folder’) and that some of them are there.
You could - after making the backup I suggest - simply make sure that your now scattered stacks are all safely located in the folder which RW identifies from the option above.
Do you keep the ‘originals’ of your stacks’ files? Ideally, to rerun the install process of each and locate them all in the folder just mentioned is the best solution, I’d have said.
But I’d also reluctantly suggest that you explore the possibility of some sort of unplanned intervention (corruption or malware) if you really are getting files moved ‘by themselves’. Please let us know how you get on and good luck!