Nexus Repo service not starting in CentOS

Guys trying to install Nexus repository version 3.41 on CentOS Linux release 7.7.

  • Extracted archive to /opt/nexus
  • Added user nexus and assigned the ownership of nexus and sonatype folders.
  • Updated nexus.rc run-as-user property to nexus.
  • Opened the 8081 port in firewall.

When i run bin/nexus start, it prints Starting nexus, however nexus status reveals the service is not started.

There is no updates in sonatype-work/nexus3/log/nexus.log. The only file updated in the log folder is jvm.log which only has the options passed onto JVM.

Connection to orientDB console and component database works fine using the commands below.
java -jar /opt/nexus/nexus-3.41.0-01/lib/support/nexus-orient-console.jar
CONNECT plocal:/opt/nexus/sonatype-work/nexus3/db/component admin admin

Any thoughts as to what could be going on hereā€¦

Praveen Kumar